Learning and Development: Diversity in the Formal and Informal Curricula

Issues related to curriculum and co-curricular activities, including the development and assessment of related outcomes. This includes diversity content in the courses, programs, and experiences across the various academic programs and in the social dimensions of the campus environment.

  1. Engage students, faculty and staff in learning varied perspectives of domestic and global diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
    1. Assess the current status of diversity curriculum and expand diversity class schedules and diversity elements in other courses.
    2. Provide faculty with professional development and training opportunities designed to infuse diversity, multicultural education and universal design into their courses.
    3. Provide online and in-classroom development and training opportunities for students, faculty and staff designed to develop and improve cultural competencies, overall civility, and appreciation for domestic and global aspects of diversity.
    4. Promote and encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in development and training opportunities designed to improve cultural competencies, appreciation for domestic and global aspects of diversity, and curricular and co-curricular diversity education.
    5. Encourage faculty to conduct research and scholarship on matters related to diversity and inclusion and to involve students in such research.
  2. Incorporate diversity experiences for faculty, staff and students by aligning student outcomes in and out of the classroom with diversity and inclusion in ways specific to the university's public affairs mission (cultural competence, ethical leadership and community engagement).
    1. Assess students' awareness, knowledge and skills related to diversity before they begin coursework and after they complete coursework to assess the impact of their experiences at Missouri State University.
    2. Communicate the university's expectation that faculty and staff provide a welcoming environment for all persons by developing and administering cultural competence professional development for faculty, staff and administrators.
    3. Develop one or more institutes wherein students, faculty and staff can take diversity courses during the summer or intercessions and participate in other emersion programs.
    4. Develop a diversity engagement course for student leaders.
    5. Provide opportunities for students to develop cultural competence through co-curricular activities.
    6. Demonstrate the commitment to cognitive complexity as it relates to Inclusive Excellence and the public affairs mission of the university by higher administration discussion, as well as through developing materials to be distributed to all faculty, staff and students.
    7. Develop faculty trainings to facilitate knowledge of how to infuse diversity experiences into curriculum as well as how to appropriately assess outcome measures.
    8. Create and support community-based research projects that reflect a deeper understanding of achieving Inclusive Excellence and are mutually beneficial in developing the community's self-understanding, clarification of issues and possible solutions, and the university's engagement with and contribution to the wider community.
    9. Prepare graduates to excel in a challenging and diverse work environment, to be responsible citizens in a diverse democracy, and as lifelong learners engaged in ongoing professional development by developing systems to ensure that all students complete coursework and engage with diversity in multiple contexts (i.e. co-curricular, student events, formal coursework, service learning).