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We have modified our curriculum to reflect multicultural perspectives and have worked to confront issues of racial inequity directly and openly. Courses and activities are listed below.
As part of a University-wide requirement starting in fall 2007, undergraduate students complete 6 credits of race and culture course work. For Rubenstein School students, this begins with the 2-credit course, NR 6 Race and Culture in the Natural Resources, in the first semester. NR 6 features speakers who address aspects of diversity as they relate to natural resources. Students also meet in discussion sections led by their advisors with other faculty, staff, and graduate students serving as co-leaders. Following NR 6, students take a 3-credit course from the University list of diversity courses. They complete the requirement with a Rubenstein School 1-credit senior level diversity course, NR 285 Power and Privilege.
Beginning in fall 2008, all Rubenstein School M.S. students must take NR 306, a graduate-level Race and Culture in Natural Resources course.
Many Rubenstein School courses include attention to U.S. or international diversity issues. This includes presenting and discussing implications of environmental issues to diverse cultures and laboratories or exercises with cross-cultural emphases.
Work with the University of Vermont ALANA Student Center to provide support for our students of color and with the University Center for Cultural Pluralism to educate our faculty and staff on issues of racial awareness.