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 toward:
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Power, Privilege, and Difference, 3rd Ed. (2017)
- Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd Ed. (2013)
Adams, M., Blemenfeld, W.J., Castaneda, C., et al.
Joshua Trinidad is a graduate student from the Higher Education Leadership Program at Colorado State University. He is currently studying as a PhD student in the School of Education. His research interests include marginalized populations, youth empowerment, music education, K-12 student engagement, non traditional students, and social justice. In addition to his research and studies, Joshua works as a senior consultant in Denver Public Schools.