As part of the social justice mission of San Francisco State University, the Department of Creative Writing centers anti-oppressive, anti-racist pedagogies and practices. All of our individual and collective identities, differences, similarities and intersectionalities bring opportunities for discussion, learning and radical empathy in the classroom. We of the SFSU Department of Creative Writing are committed to the proliferation and visibility of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices and perspectives. We welcome discussions about how writing and literature can actively serve to create empathy and dismantle damaging power structures, hierarchies, stereotypes and other dehumanizing forms of marginalization that exist in society. We strive to create a departmental environment free of racism, anti-Blackness, colorism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, fatphobia, ageism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, prejudice against immigrants of any status or any other discrimination. This statement is not geared toward censoring what we read or write, but rather toward working together to create the world we envision through our writing and through the community we foster in the classroom.