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Curriculum: Diversity and Inclusion

Regional, Ethnic, and Gender Studies

Our Department of African American StudiesAsian American Studies ProgramGender and Sexuality Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program, Latina and Latino Studies Program, and Department of Religious Studies serve as hubs for activities and conversations that highlight and nurture diversity. In 2013, we added a new Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and began major and minor study in Middle East and North African Studies.

The Hewlett Fund for Curricular Innovation supports Weinberg faculty in the development of courses that explore the impact that issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and ability status have on our social, political, economic, and cultural institutions and on personal identity.

When Cultures meet curricular requirement

This two-part transdisciplinary overlay aims to infuse the Weinberg College curriculum with active discussions about how to navigate the local-global continuum amidst the complex and highly dynamic social and political movements of today and in the past. In particular, these overlays ask students to reflect on their own perspective as necessarily the product of interconnected webs of people, ideas, and events. The US-focused overlay addresses the impact of histories, institutions, and/or social structures on groups and on individuals in the United States, focusing on the interconnected issues of equality/inequality and justice/injustice, while the global overlay explores varieties of human cultures through time and space, paying particularly close attention to the intricacies of cultural interactions—be they marked by war, peace, tension, inequality, or creativity—and
to the grand challenges we face today in promoting understanding across traditional cultural boundaries. This requirement was approved by the faculty in 2019 as part of the Weinberg College modifications to curricular requirements.

Center for Native American and indigenous studies

In response to recommendations that emerged from the November, 2014 report of Northwestern University’s Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force, Weinberg College announced a College-led Indigenous Studies Research Initiative. In 2017, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies was established as the primary institutional space dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning, and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities, priorities, histories, and lifeways.

The Center operates as a hub for multi-disciplinary, collaborative work informed by and responsive to Native American and Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations. We foster an innovative and Indigenous-centered intellectual space that is open to multiple modes of engagement for faculty, students, staff, and community members. The Center commits to developing and promoting reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships and partnerships with Native American and Indigenous communities.

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