Curriculum Committee: Call for Syllabi

 

COLLECTING "US & GLOBAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION" SYLLABI

PLEASE SEND ELECTRONIC COPIES OF SYLLABI TO: usglobaldiversity@unm.edu.

 

Do you teach a class on gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion and/or other marginalized group(s)?

*INVITATION* PLEASE SEND ELECTRONIC COPIES OF YOUR SYLLABUS TO:

usglobaldiversity@unm.edu. For more information visit: diverse.unm.edu

The UNM Provost Diversity Council Curriculum Committee invites all instructors (tenured/tenure track faculty, lecturers, visiting professors, postdoctoral fellows, teaching assistants, adjunct instructors, etc.) in all departments, programs, centers, institutes, colleges and schools, to submit syllabi for inclusion with the proposed 3-credit undergraduate requirement.

The committee will be submitting a proposal to create a 3-credit undergraduate degree requirement entitled, "U.S. & GLOBAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION" to the Undergraduate Committee of the Faculty Senate.

COURSE CRITERIA

The stated aim of the proposed degree requirement is to promote a broad-scale understanding of the culture, history or current circumstance of diverse groups of people who have experienced historic and/or contemporary inequitable treatment in the U.S. or global context with a primary emphasis (at least 50% content) on one or more of the following: gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion and/or other marginalized group.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course should address one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an ability to view issues from multiple perspectives as well as analyze, evaluate, and interpret one's own history and position;
     
  • Understand the dynamics of historic and contemporary inequality, oppression, and resistance for marginalized groups;
  • Demonstrate critical literacy and ethics pertaining to the dynamics of diversity and inclusion; 
  • Communicate an understanding of the ways in which inequitable treatment of groups is socially constructed and politically implemented and maintained;

Rationale

UNM’s vision statement recognizes diversity as our unique strength. Yet, the benefits of diversity are not automatic; they do not simply occur from being on a diverse campus.  Rather educators must work intentional ways in order to enhance the educational benefits of critical thinking and deep learning about our increasingly diverse democracy. This requirement is about diversity of ideas—ideas that are seldom included as core knowledge for the well-rounded education of our students.  

Diversity learning outcomes benefit all students--whether they pursue careers as entrepreneurs, engineers, teachers, scientists, social workers, doctors, lawyers, nurses, business leaders, or policy makers. Our national peers require undergraduates to complete three to nine credits in U.S. and/or global diversity. Increasingly, national accreditation boards value undergraduate degree programs that intentionally develop the attitudes and skills requisite for a life of learning in diverse local, national and global contexts.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will this 3-credit hour requirement add additional credits to degree requirements?

No. This requirement would not add credits to undergraduate degree requirements. Courses can double count with other degree requirements including the core curriculum, required/elective courses.

What level of course can be included?

Three-credit courses can be at the 100, 200, 300, 400 level.

Do special topics courses count?

Yes. Special topics courses as well as regular and core courses count.

What type of course counts?

All types of 3-credit class count, including lectures, seminars, practicum, dual enrolled courses, on-line courses, internships, study abroad, service learning courses, capstone and starred courses (both undergraduate/graduate level).

Can I submit graduate level course syllabi?

Yes. We are collecting graduate level course syllabi, as undergraduates may enroll in these courses if they meet the criteria specified in catalog. 

When will students have take this course?

Students can complete this requirement at anytime during their program of study.

When will this requirement be in effect? 

This requirement will only apply to the incoming class a year after it is approved.  For example, if the requirement is approved in Fall 2013, the earliest it could be effective is for incoming class of Fall 2014.  Please note the curriculum requirement proposal will have to go through the formal Form C submission process, which includes review by Faculty Senate committees (undergraduate committee, curricula committee), the Provost’s Office, vote by Faculty Senators at a future meeting (tentatively Fall 2013) and approval by the Board of Regents. 

How will students with very structured degree programs fulfill this requirement (e.g., Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? 

Courses in the core curriculum and general education requirements have been identified. In addition, STEM courses can be linked with other courses that address diversity learning outcomes such as those offered through the Community Engagement Center, Learning Communities, or capstone courses.

How will transfer students fulfill this requirement?

Transfer students can demonstrate that they have fulfilled this requirement through the list of equivalencies available at the registrar’s office.

What’s the deadline for submitting syllabi?

We will be submitting the Form C proposal to the faculty senate by then end of April; however, please feel free to submit your syllabi at anytime as we will be updating the list on a continual basis .

I’m uncertain if my course will count, who do I contact?

The Curriculum Committee of the Diversity Council reviews syllabi.  Please email: Dr. Nancy López (nlopez@unm.edu) or Dr. Glenabah Martinez (glenie@unm.edu) if you have any questions. For more information visit: diverse.unm.edu.

For detailed criteria checklist and more information on syllabi already collected, see the document list above.



ANNOUNCEMENT: FACULTY SENATE VOTE ON THE DIVERSITY COUNCIL FRAMEWORK FOR STRATEGIC ACTION, Tues. 4/23/13@3pm-5pm, 204 Scholes Hall (Roberts Room)

(Note: The exact time of the agenda item will be posted a few days before the meeting on the Faculty Senate website: http://facgov.unm.edu/).

The Faculty Senate will vote to endorse the Diversity Council Framework for Strategic Action, which includes several action items pertaining to faculty recruitment, student and community engagement, graduate admissions, staff professional development, as well as the curriculum.  The vote will take place at the next Faculty Senate meeting on Tues. April 23, 2013 @3pm-5pm, 204 Scholes Hall, Roberts Room. Please keep in mind that the vote on the Form C for the diversity requirement will take place at a future date (tentatively in Fall 2013).

To review the current Diversity Council Framework for Strategic Action please visit: diverse.unm.edu. Please send questions, suggestions, and feedback on the plan to and/or the diversity requirement proposal to any of the following individuals:

 

PLEASE EMAIL COURSE SYLLABI to: usglobaldiversity@unm.edu as soon as possible for inclusion in the proposal that will be submitted to the undergraduate committee of the Faculty Senate. For more information, please contact Dr. Nancy Lopez, nlopez@unm.edu.

*NOTE: IF YOUR SYLLABI ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IN HARD COPY PLEASE SEND IT VIA INTEROFFICE MAIL TO:
Dr. Nancy Lopez, Sociology, MSC05 3080. Office Tel: 505 277-3101; email: nlopez@unm.edu