Diversity Requirement

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: diverse.unm.edu.

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.

Faculty members interested in submitting a course to be considered for the U.S. Global Diversity & Inclusion Requirement and require additional assistance are invited to participate in our office hours. We are holding virtual weekly office hours the entire semester every Monday 3-5 pm MST via Zoom for anyone who would like to schedule an individual consultation. Just email 3 or more date/time preferences in ranked order to usglobaldiversity@unm.edu.


 Course Renewal:

Approved courses must be resubmitted for renewal every six years. If your course was approved for the diversity requirement before 2015, the submission deadlines for syllabi checklist/syllabi renewal are:

First Renewal Deadline: March 15, 2021

Final Renewal Deadline: April 16, 2021 

New Course Submission: 

New Syllabi Checklist/Syllabi that have never been previously approved are welcome at anytime. To submit new courses for the diversity requirement for inclusion in the 2022 catalog, the final deadline for new course submissions is September 24, 2021.


The Diversity Council Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs are holding virtual office hours via ZOOM every Monday from 3-5 pm MST all during the Spring 2021 semester. Email usglobaldiversity@unm.edu with 3 preferred dates/times in 30-minute intervals in ranked order. We will confirm your appointment time.

Criteria Checklist for “U.S. Global Diversity & Inclusion”
Undergraduate Requirement

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2020-2021 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses 

2019-2020 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses

2018-2019 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses

2017-2018 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses

2015-2016 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses

2016-2017 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses

2014-2015 UNM Listing of Diversity Courses



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.

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).

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’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.