US Global Diversity & Inclusion Undergraduate Requirement Faculty Information

US Global Diversity & Inclusion Curriculum and Call for Syllabi


The Diversity Council Curriculum Committee Subcommittee reviews syllabi for inclusion in the list of course meeting the 3-credit undergraduate, "U.S. and Global Diversity & Inclusion" requirement. The regular meetings of the Diversity Council Curriculum Subcommittee  take place from12:30pm-2pm on the third Thursday of every month during the regular academic year.

Chairs of DC Curriculum Subcommittee
Kiran Katira, Director, Community Engagement Center & Peace Studies Faculty

Leola Tsinnajinie Paquin, Assistant Profesor, Native American Studies

Voting Members:
Jamal Martin, Research Director Morrissey Research Hall & Lecturer III, 
   Africana Studies 

Glenabah Martinez, Associate Professor, LLSS & Director of Initiatives for American Indian Education

Nancy Lopez, Associate Professor, Sociology

Mia Sosa-Provencio, Assistant Professor, Ed Lead and Policy, Teacher Ed

Committee Members:

Laura Valdez, Director, University Advisement

Division for Equity and Inclusion:

Jennifer Gomez-Chavez, Special Assistant to the VP for Equity and Inclusion

Lorena Blanco-Silva, MPA, Diversity Programs Director



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


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. 

Checklist Form:

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.


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.


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 in contemporary U.S. society as well as in a global context. 
  • Understand the dynamics of historic and contemporary inequality, oppression, and resistance for marginalized groups in local and global societies and how those dynamics shape individual and community power and experiences (e.g., sexism, institutional racism, homophobia, etc.).
  • Demonstrate critical literacy and ethics pertaining to the dynamics of diversity and inclusion by race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and disability in the U.S. and/or global context.
  • Communicate an understanding of the ways in which inequitable treatment of groups by race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender inequality is socially constructed and politically implemented and maintained.

Rationale & Objectives

The 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:

The stated aim of the 3-credit "U.S. & Global Diversity & 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.


Responses to Questions from Faculty Senate

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. Glenabah Martinez ( if you have any questions. For more information visit:

For detailed criteria checklist form, click here: U.S. & Global Diversity and Inclusion Criteria Checklist Feb 2015 (.docx) 

To review the current Diversity Council Framework for Strategic Action please visit: Please send questions, suggestions, and feedback on the plan to and/or the diversity requirement proposal to:

PLEASE EMAIL COURSE SYLLABI to: 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 

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