Subcommittee of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Subcommittee on Diversity invites faculty to submit course applications as they initiate the Diversity Course Requirement (DCR). The DCR will require every Loyola student to complete one course with a focus on global awareness, justice awareness, or domestic diversity awareness. The course can also fulfill core or major/minor requirements.
Criteria for Courses to fulfill DCR
To receive approval as a course that fulfills the DCR, courses must meet the criteria specified in the requirement passed by the Academic Senate on March 23, 2004. The course must include "a substantial focus on global, justice or domestic diversity awareness." This focus needs to be reflected in course materials and should be present throughout more than half of the course," according to the Academic Senate's document. Furthermore, the course must require students to reflect on and understand issues related in at least one of the three aspects of diversity described in the DCR. The text of the requirement also outlines the conditions that must be met for the DCR to apply for incoming first year students. Courses must be offered to accommodate at least 15% of all students to whom the requirement applies. Ten percent of this course must fulfill core curriculum requirements, and courses from a minimum of six departments need to be offered at least once a year.
The full text of the DCR, application materials, and sample application materials are available on Blackboard at the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Subcommittee on the Diversity Requirement organization. The site also includes supporting materials and more information as the subcommittee continues to work on implementing the requirement.
"We are eager to begin reviewing course," commented Peggy O'Neill, assistant professor in Communication and UCCSD member. "Based on the faculty's support of the requirement, we are confident that many faculty are already teaching course that would fulfill the DCR guidelines."
Contact UCCSD members for more information
Members of the UCCSD are eager to work with individuals and departments as the College moves forward with the Diversity Course Requirement. For more information, please contact UCCSD members: Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, Chair (Marketing, Law & Social Responsibility), Jen Lowry (Psychology), Bernadette Roche (Biology), Peggy O'Neill (Communication), Joseph Weidenburner (Student Government Association), and Martha Wharton, ex officio (Academic Affairs).
Assistant Deans Suzanne Keilson (Arts and Sciences) and Catherine Fallon (Sellinger School of Business and Management) are attending meetings of the UCCSD so they can offer input and report to the College leadership team on the community's progress toward implementing the DCR.
Submit an application
The UCCSD will begin reviewing applications on October 1. Applications, together with a course syllabus and all pertinent attachments, should be submitted to Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Subcommittee on Diversity, c/o The Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity, Jenkins Hall 120.