Core objective #10: Diversity & equity

Objective: Advanced areas of focused inquiry

Brief description of learning objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of diversity through courses that focus on topics including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, physical ability, language, and/or social class with an emphasis on equity. Students will learn and apply critical approaches and/or methods to analyze diversity and equity, as well as examine social barriers to their promotion.

Standards or Requirements for Verification

Within the context of the Core requirements at the University, Diversity refers to an understanding of cultural difference as influenced by social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, national origin, and other socially constructed categories. Equity refers to efforts to enhance societal fairness while valuing those differences. Courses addressing this objective may examine various topics, such as the historical or contemporary experiences of particular groups of people; the origins and application of ideas about difference; theories of racial or gender oppression; and efforts to improve the living conditions or treatment of marginalized groups. Where appropriate, majors are encouraged to develop this objective within their courses, and if possible to integrate this objective into the Core Capstone course.

This Core Objective will typically be satisfied with a single course that devotes at least 1 credit of student effort (e.g., 15 hours of instruction) to this objective, or that has prerequisite courses that cumulatively devote sufficient attention to the objective.

Courses or sequences satisfying this Core Objective should:

  1. Include the Core Objective, together with its brief description, on the course syllabus in its original form.
  2. Include 1 or more student learning outcomes addressing this Core Objective on the course syllabus, along with other student learning outcomes appropriate to the course.
  3. Identify in the course syllabus the teaching techniques and student experiences that will help students acquire the competencies described in the Core Objective.
  4. Assess whether students have acquired the competency described in the student learning outcomes and use methods for collecting and analyzing data that can be reported to the Core Curriculum Board.

Capstone courses that integrate CO10 should include among their student learning outcomes some that specify, advance, or broaden this Core Objective.

Some examples of approved student learning outcomes and assessment methods are listed later in this document. Faculty may incorporate 1 or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of teaching and assessing the objective.

Suggested student learning outcomes and assessment methods

Faculty may incorporate one or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of assessing the objective.