Working within educational and social institutions in the United States requires a deep understanding of issues of diversity and equity. This course engages students in developing their own personal understandings of multiculturalism in their lives and professions, in critically examining how institutions and societies end up providing differing opportunities and experiences to different groups of people, and examining our roles in supporting or altering these systems and structures.
The course draws upon disciplines of anthropology, sociology, psychology, and other positions and practices offered by intercultural, multicultural, & social justice researchers to examine core concepts such as: culture, social identity, empathy, diversity, equality, equity, culturally inclusive curriculum, privilege, power, multiculturalism, oppression, social justice education, cultural competence, transformational education, critical pedagogy, and the interrelationship of race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, language, and (dis)ability.
The institution we examine specifically is education but your expertise and knowledge of other institutional inequities will add to the complex dimensions of this work.
This course can be applied towards:
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Power, Privilege, and Difference, 2nd Ed. (2006)
- Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd Ed. (2013)
Adams, M., Blemenfeld, W.J., Castaneda, C., et al.
Kalpana Gupta received her Ed.D. in Adult & Post-Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education and Training program and brings previous experience as an adjunct Professor in Adult Education programs at Regis University in Denver, where she was also interim Department Chair, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Central Oklahoma. Her research areas of interest include faculty development, creating inclusive learning environments, accelerated learning, neuroscience, and transformative learning. She specializes in curriculum and program design and hybrid and online delivery methods. Dr. Gupta looks forward to collaborating with students and colleagues to contribute to the literature, promote effective teaching and learning for adult learners, and to elicit the personal and professional development of every individual.
Dr. Tobin Lopes has been practicing and studying the field of workforce education and development since 1995. In addition to his work with Colorado State University, he most recently developed the curriculum for an executive-level hybrid graduate program for the University of Colorado Denver and was a workforce policy analyst for the City and County of Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development with a minor in Applied Statistics from Pennsylvania State University, a M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Claremont McKenna College. Tobin's research interests include evaluation and assessment, hybrid learning and teaching methods for adults, career development, and quantitative research methods.