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African Americans -- Study and teaching, Racial equity, Social justice, Portland State University -- Curriculum, Interdisciplinary approach in education


New course requirements originating with the School of Gender, Race and Nations are being proposed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Curriculum that can enrich the students’ learning experiences would be required of all undergraduate students, including two courses in race and ethnic studies. If passed, the added classes would also build support for the creation of conditions for a master’s degree program in the PSU School of Gender, Race and Nations. “We have a master’s certificate, but not a master’s program,” he said. Johnson says a vote for the proposal will help fulfill a Senate resolution to promote diversity on campus, not only by expanding race and ethnic studies, but also gender and sexuality studies.

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