ESOL Inclusivity Statement

ESOL Program statement on inclusivity

The ESOL program understands that international students, immigrants, refugees, and faculty may be feeling anxiety due to the current political situation in the U.S.

Therefore, we would like to publicly state that we support all of our students and faculty, and we value the diversity that international students, in particular, bring to the BGSU community. Our classrooms are safe spaces for our students to learn as well as share their opinions and values. Through our office, classes, and outreach programs (CCCC and Family English), we will continue to help build positive intercultural relationships among students and teachers from around the world.

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Resources for students:

· If you are an international student at BGSU and have questions about your visa status, please contact International Programs and Partnerships.

· The BGSU Counseling Center is also available for support.

· If you experience incidents of racism, discrimination, or any kind of bias, please use this form to report them (reports can be made anonymously).

· Not in Our Town is an organization that speaks out about all forms of discrimination and prejudice in our community.

· Here is a list of various other campus and community resources and organizations for diversity and inclusion.

This statement agrees with BGSU’s vision, mission, and core values; and policy statements from TESOL International Association (1, 2).

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