Diversity and Democracy

About This Issue

Higher education has made great efforts to incorporate diverse content, perspectives, and approaches in the classroom. By questioning canons, considering civic commitments, and following the lure of interdisciplinarity, faculty have shifted pedagogies in promising ways. Yet some faculty members continue to ask, “How can I incorporate diversity into my teaching? How can I globalize my students’ learning? And how can I help my students engage with the multiple communities that constitute their world?”

This issue of Diversity & Democracy continues this legacy and addresses these challenges by showcasing new ideas for integrating diversity work across multiple disciplines. With creative approaches to persistent questions related to U.S. pluralism, global diversity, and civic engagement, this issue’s authors are exploring new ways to prepare students to live in the modern world. Through novel methods of teaching, faculty are encouraging students to develop skills that are essential in a diverse democracy while simultaneously strengthening students’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning. Their work suggests pathways toward pedagogies that support student engagement with diversity and learning in all subject areas. 

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