Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the U.S

Current Instructor

David Diaz

Third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology.

Jana Robina

Second-year Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology

Johanna Milord

First-year Doctoral Student in Counseling Psychology

Course Description

The purpose of this course is twofold: a) to examine cultural diversity in U.S. society and b) to increase self-awareness related to worldviews and beliefs about diversity issues. The course will be taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from theory and research from various fields. This course is designed as a discussion/seminar and will not involve lecturing.  Students are expected to come prepared every class and to engage in a focused exchange of ideas related to the course material.  We expect to create a learning environment that is conducive for students to express their informed opinions on the range of topics we will explore in the class.

Course Objectives

Course goals include the following:

  • To develop/expand knowledge and think critically about diverse cultural groups with a focus on oppressed groups in the U.S.
  • To understand the role of prejudices, stereotypes, discrimination, and privilege on diverse cultural groups in the U.S.
  • To gain skills in recognizing diverse viewpoints and worldviews.
  • To facilitate personal growth by:
    • increasing awareness of one’s own cultural biases and exploring personal perspectives/attitudes related to diverse groups
    • increasing understanding of your own worldview and how that has shaped your view of culture and society
    • developing multicultural sensitivity and an appreciation for diversity

Please see the syllabus for detailed information

Previous Instructors

Reuben Faloughi

Reuben Faloughi

Oscar F. Rojas Perez

Oscar F. Rojas Perez

Melissa E. Muñoz

Melissa E. Muñoz

Jasmine Tilghman

Jasmine Tilghman

Hung Chiao

Hung Chiao

Rohini Puri

Rohini Puri