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Comments on Multiculturalism/Diversity student learning outcome:
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1Nov 9, 2010 9:37 PMAlso should be deeper than this.
2Nov 9, 2010 9:38 PMIt is applicable, but again, this is vague language. How do you demonstrate awareness?
3Nov 9, 2010 9:39 PMmiriam porter is a good professor. she teaches students about diversity in a comprehensible manner
4Nov 9, 2010 9:41 PMyes with reservations. The students do not have to agree with faculty as to what makes a societal concern nor should they be expected to adapt their differences of opinion to others.
5Nov 9, 2010 9:44 PMSee the previous comment.
6Nov 9, 2010 9:44 PMAlmost verbatim to the last response. Coming from a diverse cultural family, it is great to see progressive equality taught and enforced on campus.
7Nov 9, 2010 9:50 PMnot shown, but needs to have knowledge of other cultures.
8Nov 9, 2010 9:52 PMA univeristy should not be responsible to teach humans how to value another human. Leave it to the individual person to form their own thoughts and opinions on someone else's cultures. They may find a bias somehwere else, but they surely find one from their professor's as well.
9Nov 9, 2010 9:53 PMThis outcome seems redundant in light of the outcomes on civic engagement and global perspectives.
10Nov 9, 2010 9:55 PMMulticulturalism/Diversity? Really? The statement isn't about the bolded letters. MSU likes to pretend it has diversity in mind by promoting 'minority" groups, that isn't diversity, diversity also promotes people who have different backgrounds, values, beliefs, ideas, paths in life, dreams, even if they are the same ethnicly. MSU only promotes people based on ethnic differences.
11Nov 9, 2010 9:57 PMI think this one includes the Global cultures of the previous outcome.
12Nov 9, 2010 10:01 PMAwareness, yes. But there is no tolerence for you if your not liberal.
13Nov 9, 2010 10:04 PMAgain, you learn this at home, in church, through reading, through the media. At college, you should be learning the intellectual part of your future career. There is not enough money for higher ed to spend time with this, and no student should be required to do so in order to graduate. It's comparable to religion in this regard.
14Nov 9, 2010 10:05 PMThis must be a learning outcome for the future. I'm not sure many students are aware or have been exposed to multiculturalsim and diversity. Most have been raised Lutheran, are caucasian, and grew up in caucasian neighborhoods. This is a concern for MNSU and Minnesota overall.
15Nov 9, 2010 10:05 PMvalues and beliefs?
16Nov 9, 2010 10:07 PMThis is pushed at MNSU from what I can tell so far. I enjoy taking these varying classes.
17Nov 9, 2010 10:20 PMThis may be the most important of the learning outcomes.
18Nov 9, 2010 10:24 PMMinnesota State Mankato is a diverse university made up of students from all around the world. This allows students to become informed of the different values of a variety of people.
19Nov 9, 2010 10:38 PMSee previous answers
20Nov 9, 2010 10:38 PMWhile important in creating a well-rounded human being, I don't see the high relevance of this in obtaining a college degree.
21Nov 9, 2010 10:46 PMThese are rather low level aspirations; are we to be satisfied with simple awareness and knowledge or are we not looking for something more like cultural competence?
22Nov 9, 2010 10:47 PMVery good to have, but I don't think it fits in well with the rest of the academia here. You could learn this in a variety of places outside of a university classroom setting.
23Nov 9, 2010 10:48 PMSounds fairly redundant of previous global outcome.
24Nov 9, 2010 10:57 PMSame as my comments for civic engagement and global issues.
25Nov 9, 2010 11:03 PMI think this category could easily fit as a sub-category of Global Citizenship or vice-versa.
26Nov 9, 2010 11:35 PMNo comment
27Nov 9, 2010 11:39 PMI am currently enrolled in a Diversity class and feel that it in no way has demonstrated much diversity outside of previously known and studied cultures. A class consisting of feminism, homosexuality and African American studies does not constitute much "diversity" as there are plenty of real-life examples to be found in Mankato already. It would be more effective to discuss cultures outside of these previously explored norms.
28Nov 9, 2010 11:44 PMThis is extremely vague. If I can demonstrate knowledge of my little sister, will this be enough? For a African-American, does this mean a white male?
29Nov 9, 2010 11:45 PMMore emphasis within each major is needed for this outcome. Cultural competency is extremely important, and every department at MSU needs to incorporate it into their ciriculum!
30Nov 9, 2010 11:45 PMAgain, this is so general it would apply just about everywhere
31Nov 9, 2010 11:59 PMPleae remove the term others. It is highly problematic in diversity/ethnic/multicultural studies.
32Nov 10, 2010 12:54 AMSee above comment
33Nov 10, 2010 1:28 AMRespect for that difference is missing in this definition.
34Nov 10, 2010 1:50 AMThis goes hand in hand with the exchange of information between peoples of varying ethnic backgrounds. Different cultures have different beliefs, and rules of etiquette. Gaining knowledge of how other perceive things can lead to a much friendlier coexistence.
35Nov 10, 2010 1:51 AMOverlaps with general education learning outcome. Seems this learning outcome could ask more from students (e.g., understand social psychological aspects of diversity... e.g., cognitive biases, etc.)
36Nov 10, 2010 2:38 AMAnthro 101 was it. And that barely touched on this.
37Nov 10, 2010 2:58 AMHowever, I think that it should read "Diversity/Multiculturalism." It reflects the MSU campus more appropriately by putting diversity first.
38Nov 10, 2010 3:33 AMDepends on the discipline, curriculum, and teaching practice. I don't think this is the same across campus.
39Nov 10, 2010 3:47 AMAh, thinking of others :)
40Nov 10, 2010 4:01 AMhopefully...needs change
41Nov 10, 2010 4:21 AMThis needs to be construed very broadly.
42Nov 10, 2010 6:44 AMYes, since there is a lot of international and diversity within the campus.
43Nov 10, 2010 12:54 PMIf we don't even have basic benchmark information about where students are when they arrive on campus (their ability to recognize or engage with difference), how will this goal be achieved? How will we know what is significant development, or is mere "awareness" sufficient? Does teaching that others have social, cultural and personal values mean that students are aware? On the intercultural development continuum, awareness is only one step up from denial...is that where we want our students to be at graduation?
44Nov 10, 2010 2:05 PMThis is good to study, but you can't mandate tolerance to the extent of asking people to give up personal beliefs to make room for others' personal beliefs.
45Nov 10, 2010 2:06 PMI've seen hate amongst student regarding religion and gay issues. I find it to be completely unacceptable.
46Nov 10, 2010 2:28 PMGreat way to acheive this. Not only put them at the front of the classroom, but also in the seats beside us. I do have one area that can be a challange and that is language. I have had some classes where the ability for students to understand the instructor was counter-productive-but you take the good with the bad sometimes.
47Nov 10, 2010 3:25 PMHow about including something about "...exposure to..." Can students really be expected to DEMONSTRATE their awareness of others' values?
48Nov 10, 2010 3:29 PMI believe the current Diverse Cultures graduation requirement can assist students in achieving this outcome.
49Nov 10, 2010 4:37 PMThis is the same as the previous question.
50Nov 10, 2010 4:48 PMSame as previous question.
51Nov 10, 2010 5:10 PMI understand knowledge of social and cultural values-I am less clear what is meant by personal values.
52Nov 10, 2010 5:14 PMI feel that many people don't understand many different cultures, I am unsure as to whether they are just unknowledgable or unwilling to learn.
53Nov 10, 2010 5:25 PMi'm learning and enjoying learning about other cultures
54Nov 10, 2010 5:31 PMSee previous comment.
55Nov 10, 2010 6:07 PMAgain, given all the other things our university should be doing, I think targeting this outcome takes away valuable resources and time that could be better spent meeting other needs. I doubt the value of enforcing this kind of activity on students. Especially in a still fairly homogenous culture like Minnesota.
56Nov 10, 2010 6:46 PMStudents need to be aware of them in themselves also.
57Nov 10, 2010 7:31 PMThis could have been wrapped up with number 5. For instance.. If you answer yes on this one, you cannot answer no on 5. If you answer no on 5, you cannot answer yes on 6. it is essentially the same question.
58Nov 10, 2010 9:45 PMI think the whole campus is built on diversity. So this is not a new concept or anything, campus seems to love its diversity we are proud of it. I love that!
59Nov 10, 2010 10:30 PMThere is a great deal of redundancy in this outcome with outcomes 3 and 5. Delete this outcome or delete outcomes 3 and 5.
60Nov 10, 2010 10:54 PMI do believe that they demonstrate this because they interact with students from other counrties.
61Nov 11, 2010 1:38 PMThe science fields of study can escape this completely, even without having to carefully choose their general education courses.
62Nov 11, 2010 2:38 PMGiven the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity on MSU's campus, and the social science coursework required, this awareness will occur naturally.
63Nov 11, 2010 3:12 PMAdd knowledge of self in this. If do not know self they cannot respect others
64Nov 11, 2010 5:25 PMSimilar to the previous questions - a good learning outcome but how will it be evaluated?
65Nov 11, 2010 6:48 PMI see that the two are separated.
66Nov 11, 2010 6:55 PMOnce again, if we are requiring Gold Courses, application needs to be present.
67Nov 11, 2010 7:20 PMWhat does knowledge of personal values of others look like?
68Nov 11, 2010 7:50 PMWhile this outcome makes a good deal of sense, I believe that it will be a challenge to achieve in practice because it is not clear whether the goal is for students to have a broad understanding of many peoples, or a deep understanding of a few. I also believe that it is important for students to understand the distinction between cultural diversity on the one hand, versus ethical relativism on the other. In particular, students should recognize that understanding and appreciating multiculturalism and diversity is different from ethical relativism. For example, we can understand cultural differences (diversity) but still criticize as unethical certain cultural practices (e.g., genital mutilation of women).
69Nov 11, 2010 11:06 PMHow will they be made aware? Taking a class doesn't truly give you knowledge of social, cultural and personal values of others.
70Nov 12, 2010 6:02 AMHere again common sense should be enough.
71Nov 12, 2010 5:10 PMnone
72Nov 15, 2010 12:51 AMFor the same reasons as I stated in number 5
73Nov 15, 2010 4:16 PMWho/what defines "awareness"? "Personal values"? Cf. pro- and anti- positions regarding controversial issues. Is female circumcision to be an accepted value of another culture? Contributes to division within society Again, silly.
74Nov 17, 2010 5:00 PMsee previous answer--people are HUMANS first, diverse second. And while I love learning about others' customs, that doesn't mean I'm going to abandon mine or that, as a white American, mine aren't as valuable.
75Nov 22, 2010 4:23 PMAgain, awareness and knowledge doesn't go too far.