Diversity Subcommittee

The Diversity Committee, a sub-committee of the University Curriculum Committee (UCC), was created to review courses submitted to meet the diversity requirements.

Purpose of the Diversity Requirements:

The study of U.S. Ethnic and Global Diversity introduces students to diverse perspectives from the United States and across the globe.  Students increase their awareness of the historical, political, economic, environmental, and cultural traditions and experiences that have been overlooked or excluded by majority cultures in the U.S. or the world. Viewing societies from overlooked perspectives helps students to develop a deeper respect for and understanding of current social interactions between communities and nations.  

Global Diversity Awareness

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Purpose of Global Diversity:

The Global Diversity requirement increases students’ awareness of values, perspectives, and experiences of non-Western cultures through non-Western voices. Knowledge of non-Western perspectives helps students develop a greater understanding of other ways of thinking and working within a global society. Courses within this requirement examine a broad range of issues and topics, such as:

  • literature and histories of non-Western peoples;
  • how our actions influence and are influenced by cultural paradigms;
  • how influences of inequality, power and privilege affect perspectives and ideologies; or
  • how global events, international policy decisions and practices are perceived differently and can affect groups differentially.

By learning about non-Western approaches to the world, students develop capacities to work within a global society.  More specifically, upon completion of these courses, students should be able to:

  • analyze global events from multiple viewpoints;
  • evaluate how cultures and nations around the world are formed, evolve, and contend with sustainability;
  • anticipate other ways of thinking and acting in various nations;
  • develop a better understanding of our own stories by viewing them through others’ perspectives; or 
  • analyze how inequality, power and privilege affect perspectives and interactions throughout the world.

U.S. Ethnic Diversity

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Purpose of U.S. Ethnic Diversity:

The U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirement increases students’ awareness of U.S. ethnic minorities’ perspectives and experiences through U.S. ethnic minorities’ voices.  Students investigate and consider how diverse influences and experiences affect how people perceive the world.  Courses within this requirement examine a broad range of issues and topics, such as:

  • literature and histories of U.S. ethnic and racial groups;
  • how our actions influence and are influenced by cultural paradigms;
  • how influences of inequality, power and privilege affect perspectives and ideologies; or
  • how policy decisions and practices can affect ethnic and racial groups differentially.

By learning about and analyzing diverse experiences of US ethnic groups, students develop capacities to work within different multi-cultural and multi-racial contexts.  More specifically, upon completion of these courses, students should be able to:

  • analyze local and national events from multiple viewpoints;
  • evaluate how cultures and communities are formed, evolve, and contend with sustainability;
  • anticipate other ways of thinking and acting
  • develop a better understanding of our own stories by viewing them through others’ perspectives; or
  • analyze how inequality, power and privilege affect perspectives and interactions within the United States.

Diversity Course Submission

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Membership

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On September 28, 2010, the UCC approved a modification of the Diversity Committee’s membership composition:

  • 2 members from University Curriculum Committee (UCC)
  • 1 member from the Liberal Studies Committee (LSC)
  • 1 faculty member from the Commission on Ethnic Diversity (CED)
  • 2 Faculty at Large
  • 1 member from the Academic Advising Council (AAC)

Each spring, the UCC manages the election of the subcommittee’s members who are UCC and Faculty-at-large representatives and obtains the names of the representatives from the LSC, the CED and the AAC, though the UCC does not dictate the process through which those representatives are determined.   All elected members of the committee serve a two-year term. Members who represent the LSC, CED, AAC serve terms at the discretion of the bodies they represent. The Associate Vice Provost for Curriculum and Assessment serves as an ex-officio member of the sub-committee. The committee elects a chair at their first meeting each fall. 

Diversity Subcommittee Membership 2015-2016

 

Role

Name

Academic Unit

 

Term(s)

Faculty-at-Large

Jean Ann Foley                

Teaching and Learning

14-15, 15-16

Faculty-at-Large

Jeffrey Hovermill

Mathematics and Science

15-16, 16-17

Liberal Studies Committee

Susan Smiley

Arts & Sciences - Yuma

15-16, 16-17

Commission for Ethnic Diversity

Ricardo Guthrie                         

Ethnic Studies

15-16, 16-17

University Curriculum Committee                                         

Claudia Rodas

Educational Specialties

15-16-16-17

University Curriculum Committee                                                   

R. Marieke Taney          

Parks and Recreation Management

14-15, 15-16

Academic Advisors Council

Katie Sheridan                

University Honors Program

15-16, 16-17

 

 

 

 

Ex Officio

 

 

 

Associate Vice Provost

K. Laurie Dickson

OCLDAA

 

 

 

 

 



 

For submission of Diversity proposals, please contact:

Nicole Morrow

Assistant Director
Commencement, Curriculum, and Arizona Transfer and Articulation
Office Curriculum, Learning Design and Academic Assessment

E-mail: Nicole.Morrow@nau.edu
Phone: 523-9561