CES 200 Equity and Diversity in Contemporary Culture • 5 Cr.

Class title change starting Summer 2021

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace • 5 Cr.


Examine the roles that race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, and religion play in your life and in larger U.S. society. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate how systems of power and inequality intersect and shape American society in both the past and present. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

Description starting Summer 2021

Why is diversity in the workplace important and necessary? How does race and gender function in the structuring of our workplaces?  What kinds of policies or practices can be implemented to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive? Using case studies and real-world examples, critically examine how social inequality gets reproduced in the workplace and learn direct, practical skills for building more socially just and inclusive workplaces. Satisfies either Social Sciences or Humanities credit. 


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Critically examine and reflect upon how identity based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, and/or religion differently impacts individual and group member experiences in U.S. society.
  • Analyze how systems of oppression intersect with one another to create inequality and marginalization.
  • Examine social issues from the perspective of marginalized groups and identify ways to work toward a more socially just and inclusive society.