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Mission:

The Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement promotes diversity in Academic Affairs through support of majors and minors that showcase diversity, and through facilitating development of cross disciplinary academic programs.

Goals:

  • to support faculty and students by encouraging integration of engaged learning, civic engagement and community engagement in cross disciplinary programs
  • to facilitate new program initiatives and activities that would benefit from coordinated conversation and development
  • to make diversity a more prominent focus in the activities of Academic Affairs, from the classroom to civic and community engagement

The traditional disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences are an important foundation for modern knowledge, each lending a distinctive tradition of inquiry to the human quest for knowledge. But these disciplines are academic conveniences, not sacred constructs and while some academic pursuits are well served by the traditions of disciplinary inquiry, others are not.

The complexity of our world demands a rigorous encounter with traditional claims to knowledge, and an ability to articulate problems, insights and solutions in a way that is meaningful to people within and without the academy. The Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement encourages faculty and students to think across traditional boundaries in search of knowledge that can celebrate our differences while sustaining our common humanity. 

This office showcases our diversity curriculum through minors such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Environmental Studies and many others. Yes, Environmental Studies is a diversity minor, because it requires study into the human interactions with the environment, and cultural diversity is a significant factor in addressing environmental issues! In short, a diversity minor signals an employer that no matter what your profession or field, you are versatile and thoughtful about human relations, and you have knowledge that will enhance your professional or vocational outreach.