Tilford Diversity Studies Certificate
Students who complete the Tilford Diversity Studies Certificate will learn to:
- Understand and appreciate the diversity of our human and natural world;
- Evaluate their own and other cultures in ways that go beyond stereotypes;
- Successfully interact, both professionally and personally, with others in an increasingly diverse domestic environment and an increasingly interconnected world;
- Critically reflect on their own social identities and on their positions with respect to others;
- Recognize and analyze the socially-constructed roots of oppression and privilege and how these have shaped them, the academic disciplines they study, and their society in general; and
- Become leaders in promoting diversity and inclusion.
Requirements for courses to be counted toward the Tilford Diversity Certificate
The course content should:
- Feature material that fosters knowledge of and appreciation for diversity, whether in cultures and categories of identity or in how we conceptualize knowledge;
- Expose students to multiple paradigms or world views;
- Promote students’ understanding of self and others that goes beyond stereotypes;
- Help students to recognize and analyze the historical forces have shaped them, the academic disciplines they study, or their society in general.
The pedagogical approach to the course should:
- Appeal to the learning styles of a diverse range of students;
- Incorporate assignments that teach students how to successfully interact, both professionally and personally, with others and to critically reflect on their positions with respect to others;
- Provide opportunities for students to connect their classroom experiences with their lives outside the classroom.
Assessment of the course should:
- Include multiple forms of assessment (formal evaluations, reflective writing assignments, etc.) given throughout the semester.