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The Department of English is being reviewed as part of the University's Strategic Transformation initiative. We are grateful for the many letters of support we've received from alumni and have permission to share them here. If you sent a letter and would like to have it included, please send an email with your permission to Katy Ryan,

The Modern Language Association has prepared a letter in support of the Department of English and the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. Both departments are currently appealing their proposed cuts.

Department of English - Affirmation of Values

We, the members of WVU’s Department of English, believe that critical and creative reading and writing constitute acts of radical love. We ally ourselves with a multitude of departments, student bodies, and dedicated individuals across the country and the world who refuse to remain silent within a climate of hatred and violence: be it from sexism, racism, classism, ableism, nativism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or Islamophobia. We are committed to building communities, not dividing them.

Colson Hall and our classrooms campus-wide are spaces where students, faculty, and staff may safely voice their concerns and where we may, together, foster futures more just. We aim to raise the status of those suppressed by the status quo; in assembly with human and nonhuman beings, we protest all types of environmental degradation, especially those prescribed at the expense of inhabitants’ health.

Our research and syllabi affirm the core values of compassion, inclusivity, and care that a diverse humanities program holds for everyone. By telling stories of those who suffer under oppression in any form, past and present, we honor the ability of language and other means of communication – in each area of study we offer – to redress these wrongs, urge unity, and pursue peace. To those who seek shelter or wish to expand its scope, we welcome you; we thank you; we are with you.  



100 Colson Hall
1503 University Avenue
P.O. Box 6296
Morgantown, WV 26506-6296

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