UWM Diversity Requirement Language

Minority Cultural Diversity in America

1) Definition: This area pertains to the study of life experiences either of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, or Asian Americans.

2) Criteria: Courses satisfying this requirement shall:

  1. have primary focus on African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, or Asian Americans;
  2. introduce students to significant elements that ground the life histories and life prospects of one or more of the groups listed above;
  3. scrutinize perspectives, world views, methodologies, and philosophic constructs which the group(s) use(s) to describe, explain and evaluate its/their life experiences over historical time;
  4. enhance and extend the student's ability to conceive and perceive transcultural similarities and dissimilarities, and make sound empirical as well as normative generalizations.


Excerpts from The Eleven Principles of PLAN 2008, University of Wisconsin

This plan focuses on African Americans, Latinos, Asians with an emphasis on Southeast Asians, and American Indian faculty, staff and students (in hiring, recruitment, retention, graduation and financial aid). International students are not a Plan 2008 targeted population.

People of Color include the full spectrum of human diversity: men, women, differently-abled, gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, or trans-gendered. Therefore, when institutions reshape or create initiatives for Plan 2008, they must address the diversity within race ethnic groups.

The University of Wisconsin System recognizes the need to create educational experiences, both in and out of class, that respects, cultivates and builds upon the diversity that all groups bring; (i.e. gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and differently-abled). We encourage campuses to continue, and to build upon, their progressive initiatives for the above mentioned populations.

The Design for Diversity three-credit graduation requirement on historically under-represented U.S. racial/ethnic groups (African American, Latino, Asian American, and American Indian) remains unchanged. Course requirements on international issues, women, gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, or trans-gendered groups are complements to the graduation requirement and yet may not be substitutes for the requirement. Additional institutional course requirements are a) complements to the Design for Diversity requirement and may be developed at an institutional level to enhance the caliber of the educational experience.