The Department of Diversity and Community Studies houses three programs, which offer
the following minors: African American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Center
for Citizenship and Social Justice.
These interdisciplinary programs share certain important affinities:
Conceptual frameworks for understanding diverse communities, their histories and contemporary
expressions, the structural challenges they face, and the contributions they offer
to the fabric of American society;
A commitment to working for social justice and equality of treatment across differences;
A record of working collaboratively within communities—in service projects as well
as participatory research;
An understanding that social systems are interconnected in perpetuating institutional
oppression and dominate group privilege.
A conviction that interdisciplinary analysis and community experience are essential
to addressing real world problems.
Individually, the programs focus on the particular issues and sectors of society that
define their curriculum, programming, and outreach.
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