The Spring 2002 Course Schedule is out this week and upon reading it, many students may wonder why some classes are shaded in gray.

Well, these classes that are shaded in the schedule are courses that are chosen by academic departments as addressing issues of diversity.

Since the spring of 1997, these courses have been mentioned in a separate booklet from the Office of Minority Student Affairs. The courses in this listing focused on issues of race, gender and ethnicity.

This year The College decided to combine the two booklets thus indicating in the course schedule that the classes that meet this criteria.

This new shading of classes with diversity issues is in support of the mission of The College Diversity Roundtable Committee.

The roundtable is composed of the faculty, students and other UR staff to adivse the Dean of the College William Scott Green on issues of diversity.

“We work closely with people in the registrar’s office who work with academic departments,” Burnett said.

Each academic department at UR looks to see if courses fulfill a certain guidelines in order to be classified as couses that focus on issues of diversity.

There are five guidelines; a course must meet one or more of them to be classified as a class with diversity issues.

Some of the areas that these courses may focus on are issues that deal with underrepresented U.S. minorities including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, religion or disability.



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