Sample Syllabus Language
Sample 1: This is a space of respect and dignity of everyone in this class. This classroom will be a space where the targeting of students based on their identities, beliefs, appearances, or immigration statuses will not be tolerated. As an educator, I fully support the rights of all students to pursue their education and to live free from the fear of deportation; prison; Islamophobia; anti-Semitism; anti-black racism; racist and xenophobic violence; homophobic, transphobic and sexual violence; ableism; and, other forms of hatred and discrimination. If you have any concerns about deportation and/or any issues that are interfering with your autonomy, safety, and mobility, please feel free to speak with me. I will respect your wishes concerning confidentiality. (Contributor: Soniya Munshi)
Sample 2: This is a space of respect -respect to life, and dignity of everyone in this class. This includes respecting how each student identifies themselves to be. Therefore, in this classroom:
*black lives matter
*Muslims are not terrorists
*Latinx are not rapists or criminals
*we respect women, trans, lesbian, gay, and queer students as much as straight men. One is not more valuable than the other just because of their sexual/gender identity, role and orientation.
*Undocumented students have every right to safety as their documented counterparts.
As an educator, I fully support the rights of undocumented students to an education and to live free from the fear of deportation. If you have any concerns in that regard, feel free to discuss them with me, and I will respect your wishes concerning confidentiality. Furthermore, I am committed to resisting any and all attacks on immigrants, including threats of deportation, and will urge CUNY to serve as a sanctuary. I am committed to making CUNY a sanctuary campus for undocumented immigrants, not just in word but in deed – through the campus community refusing to allow ICE to enter our campus and refusing to cooperate with and struggling to prevent any government attempts to ascertain the immigration status of members of our community or to detain or deport undocumented immigrants. (Contributor: Shirley Leyro)