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Statement on Anti-Discrimination & Diversity

(passed February 2018 by the Legislative Assembly)

 

The WSCA opposes the abuse of communication in order to silence, coerce or exploit individuals or groups based on essentialized differences.

 

The WSCA opposes acts of violence against all individuals regardless of differences.

 

The WSCA opposes all that discriminates, prohibits, and/or restricts individuals’ expression and movements based on essentialized differences.

 

The WSCA opposes official ties to groups, organizations, or governmental agencies that engage in practices that are discriminatory.

 

The WSCA opposes policies or actions that undermine or restrict diversity.

 

The WSCA opposes any restrictions on academic freedom.

 

As such:

 

The WSCA emphasizes our belief in the power of communication to have transformative possibilities in social relations;

 

The WSCA endorses the use of public protests, advocacy, civil disobedience and/or other nonviolent means of expression as (counter)responses to acts of injustice;

 

The WSCA fosters inclusive and equitable spaces;

 

The WSCA promotes equality of opportunity;

 

The WSCA endeavors for social change and justice in its pursuits;

 

The WSCA supports communication scholars’ and practitioners’ exercise of academic freedom.

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