Sign to improve diversity and inclusion on campus and make our students safer!

Sign to improve diversity and inclusion on campus and make our students safer!

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Nourhan Mesbah started this petition to Students and

PLEASE join us in signing this petition to improve education at Rollins College and create real, non-performative change. 

Rollins College claims to value diversity and inclusion. Yet, we consistently see situations of careless thought and insensitive behavior surrounding topics of race, gender identity, sexual harassment, ethnicity, religious identity, sexual orientation, and disability. As of right now, Rollins College has little to no education regarding issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity, and intersectionality.


The current formatting of Diversity and Inclusion education is not mandated and does not affect students equally, only those who actively seek it through student organizations or related events. There is no curriculum requirement or competency related to diversity, inclusion, or intersectionality. Rollins could argue that their rFLA courses or their Ethics competencies contain education regarding these topics. However, since we do not have education actually centered around D & I, the college is essentially disparaging the importance of the topic by making it a secondary conversation, rather than a primary one. Most students will graduate without receiving quality education on the effects of intersectionality and it's current relevance. 


Rollins just removed their B-Competency requirements, eliminating three classes that students were previously required to take, which means that we now have the space to implement this new and important initiative.


Research on other institutions, existing curriculum, and the importance of intersectional education is currently being compiled to be published. 

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The effects of this requirement would be impactful in reducing the likelihood of racist behavior at Rollins college. If we educate our student body, we create an environment in which people are more conscious of these issues and act on that awareness in their daily lives.


The purpose of this initiative is to encourage Rollins College to implement an INTERSECTIONALITY competency in its curriculum.  Such a course would ensure that Rollins is being actively anti-racist and working to undo decades of injustice and suppression. It would not be crammed in between orientation or placed as a secondary objective in another course, it would be built as a priority. Furthermore, Rollins College would become a safer place for minorities and would become more educated on important, historical topics. 


An intersectional curriculum requirement should not be performative. It should not be politicized or set up in a debate-like format. The creators of this petition have experience in ‘social justice’ courses at Rollins, and their experiences have led them to better understand how such education should be improved. We ask that the curriculum requirement be established with consideration of the experiences of students and the knowledge of those definitively passionate and diversively educated about these topics from a student perspective.

If Rollins College denies a curriculum requirement for intersectionality, they are effectively declaring these issues are not important to their mission. Therefore, it would be fair to demand that Rollins College remove any talk of “diversity and inclusion” from it' mission statement, admissions advertisement, and marketing; it would be purely performative.

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