The Medieval Academy of America outlines its Statement on Diversity and Academic Freedom on its website as follows: “Membership in the Medieval Academy is open to all persons concerned with the study and teaching of the Middle Ages, including but not limited to, independent scholars, secondary teachers, graduate students, curators, librarians, and college and university professors of all ranks and at all types of institutions. We aim to foster an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for all medievalists. Further, we affirm the right of students and junior faculty to receive supportive, professional mentoring that respects their intellectual freedom and personal integrity.”
The Medieval Academy’s statement on diversity is consistent with the University of Toronto’s own statements on the topic, as follows:
“The University of Toronto sees equity and diversity as inextricably interwoven with the pursuit and achievement of excellence. Our institution reaffirms its commitment to be a safe and welcoming place for the widest breadth of communities– along with their perspectives, ideas, and debates. We are proud to take responsive and proactive steps to enhance opportunity and equity.”
“Diversity, inclusion, respect, and civility are among the University of Toronto’s fundamental values. Outstanding scholarship, teaching, and learning can thrive only in an environment that embraces the broadest range of people and encourages the free expression of their diverse perspectives. Indeed, these values spark education, discovery, and understanding and so take their place among humanity’s greatest forces for good.”
And as articulated in the binding policy of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council.