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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates

WAYS 103: Talking about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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WAYS 103 exposes students to concepts necessary to live, work and create in the diverse populations and social identities that characterize the U.S., including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability status, socioeconomic status, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, and age. In doing so, students will explore personal and societal assumptions about differences, and examine systemic cultural, political, and economic imbalances. This course focuses on developing public speaking skills. Students will model civil and respectful discussions about difficult topics and charged issues.

Criteria

WAYS 103 courses:

  1. Include significant instruction in the study of systemic cultural, political, and/or economic imbalances that have occurred, or are occurring, in the U.S.
  2. Expose students to historical and/or contemporary challenges faced by population(s) marginalized in the U.S.
  3. Provide opportunities for students to critically examine personal and societal assumptions about differences.
  4. Provide opportunity for students to demonstrate understanding and sensitivities for the diversity topics explored in the course through oral presentations.
  5. Include explicit instruction and practice in:
    • analyzing audiences and adapting oral presentations to audiences;
    • locating, evaluating, integrating, and accurately citing supporting material ;
    • developing and delivering clear and focused oral presentations that support a main idea with attention to vocal variety, articulation, rhetorical devices, and nonverbal signals;  and
    • applying attentive listening techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain systemic cultural, political and/or economic imbalances.
  2. Describe and explain historical and/or contemporary challenges faced by population(s) marginalized in the U.S.
  3. Identify and evaluate personal and societal assumptions about differences.
  4. Use spoken communication to demonstrate understanding of differences and sensitivities for the diversity topics explored in the course.
  5. Prepare and deliver oral presentations that:
  1. are supported by credible, relevant and properly cited evidence;
  2. are designed for a specific audience and purpose;
  3. demonstrate consistent organizational patterns; and
  4. employ appropriate delivery techniques (posture, gesture, eye contact, vocal expression), word choice, rhetorical devices, and presentational aids to express ideas clearly, to create and maintain interest, and to enhance the speaker’s credibility