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The Department of Political Science states in the strongest terms our commitment to inclusivity and our determination to continue providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to all. We are fully committed to the University’s Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on “age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.” (See the full university policy at We also endorse the protections encoded in Federal Title VII and Title IX regulations.

UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the world. However, the provisions of the recently passed HB2 would impair the mission and interests of UNC-CH by making it impossible to protect valued faculty, staff, and students from discrimination simply because of who they are. As academics in the social sciences and the humanities, we are deeply aware of the injustices and damage caused by discrimination based on categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. We cannot be silent on HB2 and be true to our vocation. We ask our colleagues and fellow citizens to stand with us and urge the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to repeal HB2.

The following faculty members neither support nor oppose this statement:

Kevin McGuire

Thomas Oatley

Timothy Ryan

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