UMass Boston News

Teaching Diversity

Moderator: Ping-Ann Addo (Anthropology)
Panelists: Jorge Aaron Lecklider (American Studies), Sari Kawana (Modern Languages), and Emmett Schaefer (Sociology)


The University’s Diversity Requirement for undergraduates has now been in effect for a full 20 years, having spawned hundreds of specially prepared courses that cut across the curricula of UMass Boston’s bachelor’s level programs.   This forum, co-sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching, the Office of Faculty Development, and the CLA Diversity Committee, brings together a panel of experienced teachers of diversity courses to open a broader discussion of what diversity education means today. 

• What importance does an understanding of diversity have in the university’s preparation of educated persons and knowledgeable citizens?

• How do students respond to diversity courses in 2013? 

• What are some of the challenges commonly faced by professors, as well as students, in these courses?

• How do professors manage the sometimes volatile issues that diversity courses surface in classroom discussion and writing?

• Where does diversity fit into the current overall general education curriculum?

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