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The Certificate in Diversity and Community Engagement educates students about the theory and history of diversity concerns (national and global) as these relate to interdisciplinary study and praxis. Students will take courses that focus on regional and global diversity concerns that are likely to impact their choices of community action and/or career; one course will require them to develop their own engagement project focused on social justice issues. This certificate is designed for students in a wide variety of majors who have a particular interest in studying diversity issues from an interdisciplinary perspective while also participating in a community engagement project. Students with this certificate will have a better understanding of the increasingly diverse world they live in, including the sorts of communities they will inevitably be entering. Students will acquire an important perspective on the significance of diversity issues from the local to the global level, while also gaining experience in community activism or advocacy.
The Elective course may be chosen from among ISD program prefixed courses, but it must be approved by the chair of ISD. At the chair’s discretion, a course from another department may be substituted. Students will be required to choose an elective course that will expand their knowledge of diversity and community advocacy.
Examples of course offerings in ISD programs that attend to these topics include (but are not limited to) the following: