Statement of Support to Amherst Uprising from the Amherst College Chemistry Department
The faculty and staff in the Chemistry Department have been inspired by the courageous and moving testimony of our students during the events of Amherst Uprising. We are passionately committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment for every one of our students. We also understand that we have failed in this commitment in the past, and we promise to listen and respond to the concerns of every one of our students. We recommit ourselves to supporting the success of every one of our students, here at Amherst and beyond. We decry prejudice in any form, and we recommit ourselves to the ideals and full implementation of the Amherst College Statement on Respect for Persons, which reads:
Respect for the rights, dignity and integrity of others is essential for the well-being of a community. Actions by any person which do not reflect such respect for others are damaging to each member of the community and hence damaging to Amherst College. Each member of the community should be free from interference, intimidation or disparagement in the work place, the classroom and the social, recreational and residential environment.
In particular—and of particular relevance at the moment—we pledge that we will not tolerate disparagement or intimidation of any student or of any member of the staff or faculty in our classrooms, laboratories, offices, and common spaces.
Welcome to the Chemistry Department!
Chemistry at Amherst thrives on close, personal interactions between our talented students and our dedicated faculty. Class sizes are kept small except for the introductory courses, and even those courses break up into small discussion and laboratory sections taught almost exclusively by faculty.
Research opportunities abound, both within the Department and in interdisciplinary projects, affording students the chance to work on groundbreaking scientific problems while developing a close mentoring relationship with faculty. Add to this mix first-rate facilities, equipment, and support staff, and you have an ideal environment in which to pursue your scientific interests, challenge your curiosity, and, who knows, maybe even launch your career!
The Chemistry Department seminar meets Friday afternoons when classes are in session. You will find the seminar schedule here.
The main department office in Merrill 507 is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. We can be contacted at:
Department of Chemistry
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Maps and directions are available at: Visit Amherst