IAH course curriculums to change, enhance diversity awareness
Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities Kirk Kidwell said there have been conversations about updating and revising curriculum to enhance diversity awareness.
“We have been having conversations about identifying courses more focuses on diversity and inclusion,” Kidwell said. “There are a number of courses every semester that focus on this issue.”
Kidwell said there are systems in place to ensure diversity requirements are filled.
“(In 2009), the university adopted including cultural understanding,” Kidwell said.
Kidwell said a university distribution requirement filled by the IAH course titles are the national, international and multicultural diversity designations.
According to a document titled , “Students must include at least one ‘N’ course and one ‘I’ course in their Integrative Studies programs. A ‘D’ course may meet either an ‘N’ or an ‘I’ requirement, but not both.”
According to the Undergraduate Education website, cultural understanding includes the ability to “reflects on experiences with diversity to demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity and demonstrates awareness of how diversity emerges within and across cultures.”
“There isn’t an actual curriculum proposal that has advanced through academic governance,” Kidwell said. “There has been ongoing interest in diversity. We want to emphasize (diversity) in the courses that we offer.”