University Announces 'Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion' Program, Preparing Students for 'Success' in Government

(Chelsey Cox/Santa Fe Independent School District via AP)

The University of Nebraska has added a new option for socially conscious students.

As indicated on its website, the school now offers a Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion minor.

The provision comes courtesy of the College of Arts & Sciences.

It’s described thusly:

The minor in racial justice, equity, and inclusion is designed for all students curious about racial justice. It furnishes students with an academic credential in diversity, equity, and inclusion training that prepares them for success in corporate, government, and nonprofit fields.

Participants will “gain knowledge proficiency about the history, politics, and culture of key racial and ethnic groups, including African Americans, Latinx Americans, and Native Americans.”

They will develop ease and confidence in having difficult conversations about race, privilege, and cultural difference, as well as the ability to research, write, and speak about racial and ethnic issues in an evidence-based, clear, logically sound, and persuasive way.

U of N is far from the first to educate attendees in the realm of racial awareness.

University of Central Florida offers a Social Justice in Public Service degree.

The plan explores “topics such as human rights, income distribution and the role of markets.”

The University of Pittsburgh recently posted a job listing:

Assistant Professor – Structural Racism, Oppression, and Black Political Experiences

In July, University of North Carolina introduced its graduate certificate in Antiracism.

And recently, one school even modernized its mascot:

Among Nebraska’s course selection are the following:

  • Psychology of Racism
  • Introduction to African American Studies
  • Introduction to Native American Studies
  • Introduction to Latina and/or Latino Studies
  • Introduction to Africa
  • History of Mexico
  • Blacks and the American Political System
  • African American Literature Before 1865
  • African American Literature Since 1865
  • Psychology of Immigration

There’s also analysis of the nation’s past:

  • Rights & Wrongs in American Legal History
  • Rethinking the American West

Additionally available is Family Diversity, laid out as below:

Analyzes diversity in family structure and family choices. Includes: rural families, gay/lesbian families, Native American families, African American families, Latino families, working class and working poor families and cohabitation.

Lastly, the school supplies students with “antiracist” education.

Per UCLA Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Antiracism is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance.”

And according to CNN, the ideology seeks to stop microaggressions such as colorblindness.

Hence, course ETHN 101:

How to Be Antiracist

Examination of issues related to racism and antiracism. Topics include the history of U.S. racial conflict, whiteness, white fragility, white allyship, white abolitionism, and community action.

How will the new pathway gear-up graduates?

What type of occupational opportunity might such a program precede?

Perhaps something in the private sector that pays plenty — the field’s worked out fabulously for White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo.

In August, she was set to snag $20,000 for a three-hour racial justice workshop in Connecticut.

Her two-hour University of Kentucky appearance yielded 12 grand.

In 1991, she graduated summa cum laude, but the sociology major wasn’t prodigiously advanced:

So for those with a Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion minor, maybe the career to come will be major.

-ALEX

 

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