Diversity Summit Results

3. Reflecting all voices in the curriculum and co-curriculum

As an educational institution, we have many opportunities across our curriculum and co-curriculum to educate ourselves about diversity. However, this kind of education cannot be left up to chance. Rather, it must be deliberate and continuous. In addition, this kind of education frequently requires people to step out of their comfort zones, so it should be done in a way that is not threatening.

Specific recommendations for increasing curriculum and co-curriculum opportunities around diversity included:

  • Develop a course that deals with diversity and is required for all students. Include student voices in the definition of this course.
  • Provide incentives for faculty to include diversity across the curriculum.
  • Provide opportunities to help non-diverse students realize it is their responsibility and to their advantage to become educated about diversity.
  • Create pathways for intentional connections of co-curricular events/projects/activities with classes.
  • Feature at least one major cross-disciplinary, co-curricular event on diversity per semester.
  • Increase the global focus of student activities.