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TILFORD COMMISSION

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.