The University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offering an extensive list of ‘diversity’ courses that include “Changing Realities of Women’s Lives” and “Ecological Feminism.”
The 21-page list, which is called “CLAS Diversity Courses,” shows the 345 classes available that represent a spectrum of fields and majors including Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Languages and Culture Studies, and Africana Studies, The College Fix reports.
The list was created after students, during a forum, requested more diverse perspectives be made available by the public university, something that may surprise when one considers the website of the university has a “diversity” section.
“We are committed to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social categories and backgrounds,” the website states. “These varied identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole. UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.”
“When we consider the concept of diversity, broadly speaking, we mean that lives, perspectives, and practices are enriched when we actively engage in discourse and are inclusive in our actions around complex ideas and issues,” Shawn Long, the Associate Dean of UNC-Charlotte, told The College Fix.
According to Long, those issues include race and ethnicity; sex; gender identity; political viewpoints; sexual orientation; special health needs; age; belief system; country of origin; or socio-economic status.
Currently there are no diversity requirements for graduating the university, however, Dean Nancy Gutierrez said the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is committed to “developing an inclusive environment where diversity, in all its forms, is valued and incorporated in the full-range of college activities.”
Gender-focused classes at the college actually transcend gender boundaries.
“Transfeminism,” as an example, gives students the opportunity to “imagine connections between trans and feminist studies” as well as “explore feminist perspectives within trans studies–such as intersectionality–and consider the contours and legacy of feminist transphobia.”
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