Last week, the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Student Senate passed a resolution supporting a graduation requirement known as the "diversity requirement."
Similar to other credit requirements, such as Natural World (math and science) and Visual, Language and Performing Arts (art, music and foreign languages), the diversity requirement, according to a November 29 article in The Daily, would mandate students take two courses of two to five credits that focus on resolution goals:
The goals include analyzing at least one socially constructed identity, teaching how these identities intersect with life, and teaching students to think about inequality and activism. Also...exploring customs and traditions as they relate to power and oppression, exploring the historical precursors of power relations and investigating how contemporary society contributes to inequality.
Members of the local chapter of Young Americans for Liberty have been some of the most vocal critics of this requirement.
The Daily article quotes YAL member and ASUW senator James Hubert in saying the University of Washington should encourage diversity awareness, but "...the really valuable education about diversity [comes] not from classes but from the interaction with students from other races and other lifestyles...We should be encouraging people to go out and interact with others who are diverse rather than having them taught by a professor..."