These new and updated courses, drawn from different departments across the university, offer new ways for students to fulfill the Cultural Diversity Core requirement. All of these classes focus on themes of difference, justice, and the common good. Faculty teaching these courses are currently participating in a series of preparatory workshops to discuss and debate the meanings of difference, justice, and the common good, to collaborate on their syllabi, and to develop strategies for engaging students in the classroom. Taking our differences seriously and striving for common ground embody the spirit of a liberal arts university in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. The world’s diversity is real, and the pursuit of fairness and shared fulfillment is more urgent than ever. Students are encouraged to take these classes.
The Office of the Associate Dean for the Core invites proposals from faculty members for courses to be taught in 2019–2020 that address the theme of Difference, Justice, and the Common Good in the United States. These courses will count for Cultural Diversity Core credit and can be considered to receive additional Core credit (e.g., Social Science, History, Philosophy, etc.). They may be of any level, from introductory to advanced. Faculty will receive stipends of $1,000 in exchange for syllabi development in the spring 2018 semester in consultation with the Cultural Diversity subcommittee of the University Core Renewal Committee.
Faculty members may propose to develop a new course or to substantially refashion an existing course. The process of course (re-)development during the spring 2018 semester involves aligning course syllabi with the following learning outcomes:
Payment of the stipend is contingent upon submission and approval of syllabi by the University Core Renewal Committee’s Cultural Diversity subcommittee. To apply for this initiative, interested faculty members should complete the application. Submissions are due Friday, October 12, 2018. The initial application asks for: