NAVSA’s Statement on Non-Discrimination in Response to U.S. Executive Actions
The North American Victorian Studies Association strongly condemns the discriminatory actions of governmental, political, and other associations. NAVSA sees as unethical actions and policies that discriminate based on sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, physical appearance, age, professional status, religion, or any other characteristic. As scholars committed to academic freedom and social equality, we stand united with many other associations around the world in believing that such actions defy both humanitarian values and, in most instances, U.S. constitutional rights. As scholars of the Victorian period in particular, we are opposed to forces that seek to return to the most regressive political and cultural elements associated with the nineteenth century. We applaud efforts to counteract the reinstitution of such practices, and we support the important work being done across various fields to address the history and current conditions of marginalized groups. As teachers, we recognize the damaging impact of discrimination in education and support those working to ensure equal treatment for all students. Moreover, we stand in solidarity with those working to uphold the constitutional rights of all citizens, particularly in light of rapid discriminatory changes to national and state policies.