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Diversity Revisited

Xavier’s faculty narrowly approved a more demanding diversity curriculum that requires undergraduate students beginning in Fall 2011 to take six credit hours of core academic diversity courses instead of the one-credit, pass-fail e pluribus unum course established more than 10 years ago. The narrow 77-74 vote reflects dissension among some faculty members who objected to changing the core curriculum without doing a total review of the entire core. Others believed a change in the diversity requirement was not needed. Course revisions will be made over the next five years to meet the new requirement. The goal is to develop and strengthen students’ ability to analyze and explore the nature of diversity. It meets the vision of University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., to be “engaged in the community by shedding light on such diversity issues as gender, race, ethnicity, class, national origin and sexual orientation in ways that strengthen the bonds and benefits of communal life.”

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