June 2018: Draft Learning Outcomes for “Diversity & Equality” (DIV) Courses
Below you will find the next draft of the DIV Learning Outcomes, revised last week by the subcommittee that has responsibility for that particular requirement. These revisions follow multiple spring meetings with collections of faculty from each school, and the committee invites you to respond in the comments section with questions and suggestions. At the start of the fall semester, a final working session will be held to make any last edits to these outcomes before a Call for Proposals is announced.
A. Explain patterns of thought or practices created by historically marginalized peoples.
B. Analyze how socially constructed categories of human difference create structural inequalities and how these inequalities reinforce these categories.
C. Articulate how legacies or experiences of domination, exclusion, or oppression shape contemporary realities.
D. Evaluate and reflect on values, policies, or practices needed for a more equal society.
Summary of substantive changes (from the March draft):
Edits to Learning Outcome A addressed confusion about “modes of knowledge” by replacing this phrase with “patterns of thought or practices.” Edits also specified that these are “historically” marginalized peoples and simplified the outcome by eliminating the clause that read: “…that centralize the histories, experiences, world views, and epistemologies.” That clause unintentionally limited the outcome’s scope.
Edits to Learning Outcome B replaced “institutional” with “structural.”
Edits to Learning Outcome C added “or experiences” to “legacies of…”. Edits also added “domination” to the list shaping contemporary realities.
Edits to Learning Outcome D added “policies” to the list.
Verbs in each of the learning outcomes were revised so that these are assessible and grow increasingly complicated as students move from A to D.
The committee proposes re-titling the category from “Diverse Experiences” to “Diversity and Equality.”