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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Related Studies

African American Studies Minor

Program Description: The African American Studies (AAS) minor provides students an interdisciplinary approach to studying the experiences of people of African descent and to explore the historical, cultural, social, economic and political contexts that inform the daily lives and experiences of African Americans.

A minor in African American Studies requires students to complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework. For the specific courses required for the AAS minor, please see the AAS Minor Check Sheet.

Courses:

AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies

An interdisciplinary study of important aspects of African American history and culture, highlighting the development of African American communities to the present. The objective is to conduct research, apply critical thinking skills, and articulate diverse historical perspectives in the context of African American history and culture. Topics include definitions of African American identity, influences, and achievements within American culture, as well as issues confronting African Americans.

AAS 301: Black Popular Culture

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to critically examining the definitions of Black popular culture in the United States. The readings for this course will draw upon theory and concepts related to media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and race studies in order to better understand the impact that the various mediums that serve to construct what is known as “popular culture” (music, television, film, art, etc.) play in the construction of “Blackness”. In particular, this course will focus on the historical relationship of Blacks to mainstream culture by encouraging students to critically examine “popular” representations of “Blackness” in order to better understand the complex issues related to Black identity, as well as explore their own participation in embracing and/or resisting “Black” representations and the impact of “Black” popular culture on their lived experiences.

AAS 302: Race, Class and Gender

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the ways in which gender, race and class intersect in today’s society while exploring how the intersection of these social categories impact the daily lives of African Americans in the United States. In particular, this course will focus on how these markers of difference are historically and socially constructed and how they have changed throughout the years. In order to better understand the complex nature of how race, class and gender intersect, this course will also analyze the multiple axes of power and domination and their relationship to the creation of privileged and unprivileged categories which shape our personal lives and experiences on a daily basis.

AAS 370: Special Topics in African American Studies

This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to a topic of special interest that is related to the history, daily lives and experiences of African Americans in the United States. The readings assigned for this course will draw upon theory and concepts related to the chosen topic. The specific focus of this special topics course will change each time the course is offered.

Committee Members:

Dr. Wilson Fallin
Professor, History
fallin@montevallo.edu

Dr. Paul Mahaffey
Associate Professor and Chair, English and Foreign Languages
mahaffey@montevallo.edu

Mr. Cedric Norman
Assistant Director, Student Life
cnorman@montevallo.edu

Dr. Amy Samuels
Assistant Professor, Instructional Leadership
asamuels@montevallo.edu

Dr. Greg Samuels
Assistant Professor, Secondary Education
gsamuels@montevallo.edu

Dr. Sierra R. Turner
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Instructor of Spanish
sturner6@montevallo.edu


Latin American Studies Minor

Program Description: The Latin American Studies minor speaks to the growing international importance of Latin America and the value of knowing something about Latin American history and culture in light of recent Hispanic immigration to Alabama and the Southeast.

A minor in Latin American Studies requires students to complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework. For the specific courses required for the LAS minor, please see the LAS Minor Check Sheet.

Faculty:

Dr. John Bawden
Associate Professor, History
jbawden@montevallo.edu

Dr. James McDonald
Professor, Anthropology
jmcdonald@montevallo.edu

Dr. Eric Travis
Assistant Professor, Management
etravis@montevallo.edu

Dr. Rosa Maria Stoops
Professor, Spanish
stoopsrm@montevallo.edu

Dr. Eric Vaccarella
Assistant Professor, Spanish
vaccarellaea@montevallo.edu

Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González
Professor, Spanish
vazquezl@montevallo.edu

Dr. Sierra R. Turner
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Instructor of Spanish
sturner6@montevallo.edu


Digital Diversity Toolkit

The Digital Diversity Toolkit has been established to provide diversity and inclusion resources to the University of Montevallo community. The Digital Diversity Toolkit provides links to organizations, publications and electronic resources to help us promote inclusive excellence.

Ability

National Center for Learning Disabilities (https://www.ncld.org/)

The Opportunity of Adversity (Aimee Mullins) (https://www.ted.com/talks/aimee_mullins_the_opportunity_of_adversity/up-next)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (https://www.mentalhealth.gov/)

Race, Ethnicity and Nationality

Hispanic Coalition of Alabama (https://hicaalabama.org/en/home)

Most Americans Express Positive Views of Country’s Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity (Hannah Fingerhut) (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/06/14/most-americans-express-positive-views-of-countrys-growing-racial-and-ethnic-diversity/)

My Identity is a Superpower—Not an Obstacle (America Ferrera) (https://www.ted.com/talks/america_ferrera_my_identity_is_a_superpower_not_an_obstacle/up-next)

The Power of Diversity Within Yourself (Rebecca Hwang) (https://www.ted.com/talks/rebeca_hwang_the_power_of_diversity_within_yourself/details)

Race and Ethnicity (Psychology Today) (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/race-and-ethnicity)

Race and Ethnicity: How Are They Different? (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/topics/reference/race-ethnicity/)

Racial Identity in the New America (Eddie Huang) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okJwxnmAEOY)

Teaching Tolerance (https://www.tolerance.org/)

We Need to Talk About an Injustice (Bryan Stevenson) (https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice/details?language=en)

White People (MTV Documentary) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zjj1PmJcRM)

Religion/Spirituality

Sex and Gender

Sexuality/Sexual Orientation

A Powerful Poem About What it Feels Like to Be Transgender (Lee Mokobe) (https://www.ted.com/talks/lee_mokobe_a_powerful_poem_about_what_it_feels_like_to_be_transgender/up-next#t-13203)

Fifty Shades of Gay (iO Tillett Wright)  (https://www.ted.com/talks/io_tillett_wright_fifty_shades_of_gay/details)

GLAAD (https://www.glaad.org/)

The Myth of the Gay Agenda (LZ Granderson) (https://www.ted.com/talks/lz_granderson_the_myth_of_the_gay_agenda/details)

Other Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity Issues

3 Ways to Speak English (Jamila Lyiscott) (https://www.ted.com/talks/jamila_lyiscott_3_ways_to_speak_english/details)

Alabama Diversity Council (http://alabamadiversitycouncil.org/)

American Council on Education (https://www.acenet.edu/Research-Insights/Pages/Diversity-Inclusion/Campus-Climate-and-Inclusion.aspx)

Equal Justice Initiative (https://eji.org/)

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them (Vernā Myers) (https://www.ted.com/talks/verna_myers_how_to_overcome_our_biases_walk_boldly_toward_them/up-next)

How We’re Priming Some Kids for College—and Others for Prison (Alice Goffman) (https://www.ted.com/talks/alice_goffman_college_or_prison_two_destinies_one_blatant_injustice/up-next)

The Human Stories Behind Mass Incarceration(Eve Abrams) (https://www.ted.com/talks/eve_abrams_the_human_stories_behind_mass_incarceration/details)

To This Day…for the Bullied and the Beautiful (Shane Koyczan) (https://www.ted.com/talks/shane_koyczan_to_this_day_for_the_bullied_and_beautiful/up-next


Lending Library

As part of our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity, we will provide a library of diversity related resources (e.g. books, movies, articles, training materials) to help members of the campus community increase their understanding of important historical and current topics related to diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.

We welcome resource recommendations that will enhance our collection. Please submit information to diversityandinclusion@montevallo.edu.