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Hello, all,

I’m Jaclyn, a first-year MA student in the English Department here at Tech. My literary interests vary fairly widely, but I have a special place in my heart for late 19th/early 20th century writings by female authors. Even better if those writings are a form of immigrant literature! I haven’t decided on my thesis yet, but I hope to do some work with Willa Cather and/or Betty Smith and their depictions of immigrants in their parts of the country.

After reading the VT’s Principles of Community, I obviously wondered to what the phrase “a legacy that reflected bias and exclusion” referred. I hoped that the video would make that more clear, but I couldn’t get it to work for some reason. Googling the video led me back to a Virginia Tech site that contained a video of diverse faculty, staff, and students reciting the Principles of Community. Thinking about our country’s past, I can imagine why a Principles of Community document would be necessary, and I find our document to be refreshing. I also particularly appreciate that there is a principle which affirms our right to free speech, to our freedom to express thoughts and opinions in a kind manner without fear of being reproached. The fact that I get to hear differing ideas and opinions daily in discussions in my graduate classes is something that makes my education here both enjoyable and challenging.

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