U.S. & Global Diversity and Inclusion Requirement-Information for Students

studentdcrequirement2021The Division for Equity and Inclusion posits that inclusive excellence requires a healthy and inclusive campus climate and refers to the processes by which the University leverages diversity as its’ strength to enhance an understanding and connection with diverse communities, ensure the success of all UNM students, and advance the academic enterprise. For more information: diverse.unm.edu.

The stated aim of the 3-credit "U.S. & Global Diversity and Inclusion" undergraduate 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 in a global context.

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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 levels.

What type of course counts?

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

Can a cross-listed course that is not on the approved list count?

No. Cross-listed courses must also be included in the approved list to automatically satisfy the U.S. & Global Diversity and Inclusion requirement.  Students should register for courses listed on the approved list.

When will students have to complete this requirement?

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

When will this requirement be in effect? 

This requirement has been implemented since the 2014-2015 Catalog.

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.

I am a transfer student, who should I contact if I want to see if a course I took at a previous institution counts for the "U.S. & Global Diversity & Inclusion" requirement? 

All transfer students will need to complete the "U.S. & Global Diversity & Inclusion" undergraduate requirement. Please contact your academic staff advisor in your program, department, and college. Your staff advisor will know whether the course you took will count as per transfer equivalent procedures. Your advisor knows what process to follow if there is any question about whether a course will count. 

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

You are urged to contact your academic advisor to determine if the course will count.

Are special topic courses eligible?

No.  Special topic courses are not eligible.  Only courses with dedicated catalog names and descriptions are eligible.  

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