Poster Title

Culture, diversity, and GUR reform at Western Washington University

Co-Author(s)

Jeremiah Harpel, William McCoy

Research Mentor(s)

James Fortney

Affiliated Department

Communication Studies

Sort Order

10

Start Date

15-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

15-5-2015 2:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

Western aims to foster a diverse environment in which all students, staff and faculty can find and build a safe community. We propose the creation of a Cultural Awakening GUR Strand (CAGS) that aims to recognize diverse identities that are on campus by intertwining traditional Western students with international students in a cohort that completes English 101, Seminar 101, Sociology 269 and Communication 101 together over the course of an academic year. The CAGS is designed to inculcate a deeply self-aware and critical perspective in students. Using intergroup dialogue as a communicative framework, the courses will include readings, individual and group projects and documentaries which emphasize themes of diversity, identity, social justice, whiteness, privilege and cross-cultural communication. Taken together, this sequence of courses offers offers an attractive way for students to expand their awareness of the diverse cultures that are a part of Western's community while taking GURs that help them earn their degree. By introducing this diversity initiative, Western will join a growing national movement that is rooted in critical self-reflection, cross-cultural awareness and communication and a deep desire to create a more just society by embedding all students in a meaningful conversation about diversity.

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Culture, diversity, and GUR reform at Western Washington University

Communication Studies

Western aims to foster a diverse environment in which all students, staff and faculty can find and build a safe community. We propose the creation of a Cultural Awakening GUR Strand (CAGS) that aims to recognize diverse identities that are on campus by intertwining traditional Western students with international students in a cohort that completes English 101, Seminar 101, Sociology 269 and Communication 101 together over the course of an academic year. The CAGS is designed to inculcate a deeply self-aware and critical perspective in students. Using intergroup dialogue as a communicative framework, the courses will include readings, individual and group projects and documentaries which emphasize themes of diversity, identity, social justice, whiteness, privilege and cross-cultural communication. Taken together, this sequence of courses offers offers an attractive way for students to expand their awareness of the diverse cultures that are a part of Western's community while taking GURs that help them earn their degree. By introducing this diversity initiative, Western will join a growing national movement that is rooted in critical self-reflection, cross-cultural awareness and communication and a deep desire to create a more just society by embedding all students in a meaningful conversation about diversity.