IDS 125: Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Course Description

This course will introduce students to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) concepts and frameworks. The topic of diversity will be presented as it relates to various human differences and overlapping social identities that include age, race, gender, gender identity, ability, class, religion, culture, and sexual orientation. Students will become familiar with the terminology used to describe human experiences such as identity development, discrimination, bias, oppression, privilege, and inequity. Through a social justice lens, the concepts of justice, equity, and inclusion will be defined. Course instruction, materials, and evaluation methods will prompt students to analyze their lived experiences and connect them to diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define DEI terminology associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.
  2. Identify social identities such as age, race, gender, gender identity, ability, class, religion, culture, and sexual orientation.
  3. Recognize and describe terms that chronicle human experiences related to DEI, such as bias, discrimination, stereotypes, and isms.
  4. Differentiate between the concepts of equity and equality.
  5. Apply a social justice lens to the concepts of equity and inclusion.
  6. Examine and apply DEI concepts to personal life experiences.
  7. Analyze how social and political policies play a significant role in shaping power dynamics, privilege, and opportunities for different groups of people within society.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (10 points each, Weeks 1-7)

30%

Midterm Exam (100 points, Week 4)

15%

Group Case Study Examination (20 points, Week 5)

20%

DEI Self Study Paper (20 points, Week 8)

20%

Final Exam (100 points, Week 8)

15%

Total

100%

Required Text

  • Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
    • Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Chase J. Catalano, Keri Dejong, Heather W. Hackman, Larissa E. Hopkins, Barbara Love, Madeline L. Peters, Ximena Zuniga. Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. 4th ed. Routledge, 2018. ISBN -13: 978-1-337-56338-3

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1,2

Topic: The Social Construct of Diversity and Identity

  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, Section 1 Getting Started: Core Concepts for Social Justice Education (pgs. 1-7)
  • Watch Video: Power, Privilege, and Oppression
  • PowerPoint presentation - Week #1
  • Review Getting Started information
  • Review course syllabus
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the lecture material
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Participate in discussions

2

1,2,3,6

Topic: Identity: Who Am I?

  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Section 1

  1. The Complexity of Identity, Who Am I? By Beverly Daniel Tatum
  2. The Cyle of Socialization By Bobby Harro
  3. Identities and Social Locations, Who Am and Who Are My People? By Kirk & Okasawa-Rey
  • PowerPoint presentation - Week #2
  • Watch Video: Racial & Ethnic Identity Formation for Children in Foster Care

Watch Video: The Importance of a Strong Sense of Self

 

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review group case study assignment

3

1,2,3,7

Topic: Race and Racism

  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Section 2

  1. Introduction
  2. Defining Racism: Can We Talk by Tatum
  3. The Personal is Political by Smith
  • PowerPoint presentation - Week #3
  • Watch Video: How Racism Makes Us Sick
  • Watch Video: What is Systemic Racism?
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Meet with your assigned group about case study assignment

4

1,2,3,5,6,7

Topic: Understanding Classism

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Section 3: Classism

  1. Introduction by Adams, Hopkins, & Shlasko
  2. Class in America by Gregory Mantsios
  3. White Poverty: The Politics of Invisibility by bell hooks
  • Review Classism Glossary
  • Watch Video: Chasing the Dream
  • View Website: 2023 U.S. Federal Poverty Level
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take midterm exam
  • Meet with your assigned group about case study assignment.

Midterm Exam

Weeks 1 - 4

SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

5

1,2,3,5,6,7

Topic: Spirituality and Religion

  • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Section 4: Religious Oppression

  1. Overview of Religious Oppression by Adams and MacDonald-Dennis
  2. Christian Privilege and the Promotion of “Secular” and Not-So “Secular” mainline Christianity in Public Schooling and in the Larger Society by Blumenfield
  3. Examples of Christian Privilege by Killermann
  • Watch Video: 33 Reasons Why It Is Great to Be Christian in the US
  • View Website: Equity Versus Equality - AECF
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Group case study assignment due

6

1,2,3,5,6,7

Topic: Sexism, Heterosexism, and Trans Oppression

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Section 5: Sexism, Heterosexism, and Trans Oppression

  1. Introduction by Catalano, Blumenfeld, & Hackman
  2. Transmisogyny 101: What it is and What Can We Do About It by Kacere
  3. Privilege by Carbado
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Review the DEI Self-Study Assignment due week 8.

7

1,2,3,5,6,7

Topic: Ableism and Ageism

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Sections 6 & 7: Ableism, Youth and Elder Oppression

  1. Ableism: Introduction by Finneran & Peters
  2. Disabled Behind Bars by Vallas
  3. Youth Oppression & Elder Oppression: Introduction by DeJong and Love
  • Watch Video: Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: Ageism
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

8

1-7

Topic: Equity, Inclusion, and Liberation

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice.

Section 8: Working for Social Change: Visions & Strategies for Change

  1. Introduction by Zuniga
  2. Allies by Anzaldua
  3. Courage by Cornell West
  • Read Article: 6 Ways You Can Promote Diversity & Inclusion in Your Everyday Life
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Take final exam
  • Submit DEI Self-Study Assignment
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam

Weeks 1 - 8

SLOs 1 - 7

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