Academic Curriculum

This course is designed to provide students with an introductory exploration of issues of sexuality and gender through community-centered praxis, democratic education, and dialogue. In a culturally and socially diverse society, discussion of differences is needed to facilitate understanding and build relationships among people, as well as to bring awareness to and address social inequities. Through this course, students will explore their own and others’ narratives in various social and institutional contexts, while learning from each other’s perspectives in the community. Students will also explore ways of taking action to engage in social justice work and create social change at the interpersonal, community, and institutional levels. Course learning will be enhanced through readings, videos/films, reflections, contextual education, and a final synthesis paper.

This course is designed to provide students with an introductory exploration of queer theory and its intersections with leadership development. Students will engage in a multifaceted approach of learning through discussions in the academic seminar integrated with contextual education taking place in the community. By integrating knowledge of and experiences with issuesaffecting queer and trans communities, students will explore the importance of challenging dominant leadership paradigms as they develop their own identities as leaders. Students will also explore ways to turn social justice knowledge and conversation into tangible actions and work to create social change at the interpersonal, community, and institutional levels. Course learning will be enhanced through readings, videos/films, reflections, and a final synthesis paper.