Multicultural Course Requirement

Inclusive Excellence: An Action Plan for Diversity at UD

“Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for the University of Delaware’s educational mission to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. Diversity at UD means both the recognition and appreciation of all human differences, based upon, but not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, class, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, culture, ideology, politics, religion, citizenship, marital status, job classification, veteran status, and income and socioeconomic status. We are committed to building an inclusive educational community, one whose excellence is based not only on stellar disciplinary achievement, but also on understanding people from different backgrounds and circumstances, with different needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life.”

Guidelines for the Multicultural Course

Courses certified to meet the multicultural requirement must meet three of the following criteria:

1. Diversity Self-Awareness and Perspective Taking: Students can articulate their own individual identity in relation to key concepts such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, language, social class, disability, national origin, and religious affiliation, and can also reflect on how their social position differs from, and impacts, their relationships in diverse environments. In other words, students will learn to locate themselves within larger structures of difference and understand how their own position shapes their identity and/or worldview, as well as how that identity and/or worldview may differ from others.

2. Cultural Difference: Students gain in-depth knowledge of the history, lived experience, artistic production, identity and/or worldview of one or more underrepresented groups in the West (i.e., the US, Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) and/or of a non-Western culture (or cultures). Students can articulate particular aspects and experiences of these cultures as well as how they may be similar to or different than the students’ own.

3. Personal and Social Responsibility: Students analyze the ethical, social, and/or environmental consequences of policies, ideologies, or actions on marginalized communities/groups within the US or internationally. Based on this analysis, students identify a range of potential personal and civic responses to these issues. A service learning version of this course may allow students to directly take informed and responsible action to address these challenges.

4. Understanding Global Systems: Students gain and apply the tools to think systematically about how institutions, ideologies, rhetorics, and/or cultural representations shape a people’s culture and identity, which may include their role in perpetuating inequality, whether historically or in the present day.
These guidelines are based in part on the diversity competence rubric developed by James Jones and J.M. Lee. See Jones, J.M. & Lee, J.M. (2016). Conceptualizing and measuring diversity competence: Psychometric properties of the Diversity Competence Scale. Unpublished manuscript, Center for the Study of Diversity. University of Delaware.
* Faculty proposing to certify a course for the MCC must submit the following:
A course syllabus.
A list of each of the three criteria the course will satisfy along with copies of the assignment that satisfies each one (this could be a reading, project, essay, etc.)
ALL courses certified to meet the multicultural requirement MUST complete a multicultural re-evaluation during this cycle. This re-evaluation can be submitted at: https://udapps.nss.udel.edu/courseinventory/app/mccreeval/menu

(Revised 2/1/16)

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