DIAP Courses: Race, Gender, and Inequality

DIAP Courses: Race, Gender, and Inequality 

For nearly thirty years, Brown has had a course indicator in order to highlight the University's commitment to the intellectual study of race/racial formations, inequality, and social justice. Originally defined as "American Minority Perspectives" and later broadened to examine issues around other identity formations and structures of power and privilege throughout the world ("Diverse Perspectives in Liberal Learning"), the latest iteration of this course designator was the result of a 2017 report produced by the Task Force on Diversity in the Curriculum and subsequently endorsed with minor revisions by the College Curriculum Council. As the title indicates, the new designator is a part of the University's broader Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). 

In their content and their objectives, DIAP Courses on Race, Gender, and Inequality examine issues of structural inequality, racial formations and/or disparities, and systems of power within a complex, pluralistic world. 

DIAP courses may investigate:

  • the ways different forms of power and privilege construct racial and identity formations in the U.S. and/or globally; the cultural, political, and intellectual responses to this racialization;
  • the production of categories of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ability, citizenship status, and geography (and their intersections);
  • the structures, institutions, practices, and attitudes that enable, maintain, or mitigate domestic and/or global disparities in health, income, education outcomes, media representations, etc.;
  • the production of knowledge and difference in the context of discourses on race, power, and privilege.

Finding DIAP Courses

Beginning in fall 2018, DIAP Courses can be found by visiting Courses @ Brown and selecting "DIAP Courses"  from the curricular programs filter at the bottom of the site. 

Process for adding the DIAP curricular designation to a course

As with other curricular programs, courses under consideration for the DIAP designation may be submitted via the Banner course proposal system with an accompanying syllabus, beginning in the fall of 2017. Syllabi should explicitly identify one of the focus areas listed above as a key course objective, bolstered by at least one assignment.

Courses will be reviewed by the standing course proposal subcommittee; they are also reviewed by the senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion and at least two faculty members with expertise in an area represented in the designation. DIAP courses are then reviewed regularly for effectiveness in meeting the goals of the curricular designation.