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Curriculum: Diversity and Inclusion

Regional, Ethnic, and Gender Studies

Our Department of African American StudiesAsian American Studies ProgramGender and Sexuality Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Latina and Latino Studies Program, and Department of Religious Studies serve as hubs for activities and conversations that highlight and nurture diversity. In 2013, we added a new Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and began major and minor study in Middle East and North African Studies.

The Hewlett Fund for Curricular Innovation supports Weinberg faculty in the development of courses that explore the impact that issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and ability status have on our social, political, economic, and cultural institutions and on personal identity.

Social Inequalities and Diversity Course Requirement

In 2014-2015, members of the Weinberg College community, including both faculty and students, met on a number of occasions to discuss a proposed social inequalities and diversities course requirement put forth in 2013 by a subgroup of the Northwestern University Diversity Council. Any course that counts toward the social inequalities and diversities will have been designed to achieve the same four to five learning goals. To further this initiative, the College has created the Hewlett Curricular Fellowship ProgramHewlett Fellowships support efforts by faculty in the College to create new courses or revise currently taught courses that meet these learning goals. Discussions concerning the exact form this requirement will take are ongoing.

Indigenous Studies Research Initiative

In response to recommendations that emerged from the November, 2014 report of Northwestern University’s Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force, Weinberg College has announced a College-led Indigenous Studies Research Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to build a critical mass of scholars working in the field of Indigenous Studies broadly construed. Our goal is to create a flexible structure within which individual scholars might thrive and a vibrant and supportive intellectual community will naturally emerge.

As this initiative gains momentum, we will work to ensure that Native American/Indigenous Studies at Northwestern is closely aligned and coordinated with other Chicago-area resources in this field. These resources include the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, The American Indian Center of Chicago, and the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, among others. It is our hope that through our collective efforts, we will make Northwestern University, as well as greater Chicago, centers of research and learning in the important and emerging field of Native American and Indigenous Studies. See details about this and other Northwestern initiatives in the area of Native American and indigenous peoples studies.

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