Gender: In this course, students explore the topic of gender identity and how gender discrimination is often invisible in our daily lives. Topics include masculinity and femininity, the related pressures men and women experience, images of women in the media, gendered language, the expectations that the construct of gender asserts broadly in U.S. society and on campus, and the intersections of gender and sexual orientation.
Socioeconomic Status (SES): In this course, students explore what it means to be a member of their own socioeconomic status. They also engage in dialogue with peers about their differing experiences and identities related class/SES. Class/SES are explored as fluid identities that change during one’s lifetime. What it means to experience privilege and discrimination because of one’s class identity is also explored.
Religion/Faith: This course engages students in dialogue about their faith identities and faith journeys. In collaboration with peers and facilitators, students discuss what is beautiful and challenging about being a member of one’s own religion/faith group, or not having membership to such a group. Particular attention is paid to students’ experiences of faith within our Catholic University context and it is highlighted that we must make space for those who have marginalized faith identities.
Race: This course covers the topic of racial identity and racism. Students engage with peers and facilitators about the areas in which they experience privilege and discrimination because of their racial identity. Personal experiences and lack of experience with racism are discussed, as well as what this means for being an ally.
Racial Identity (intragroup): Like the course on race, this section engages students in dialogue on race and identity. By engaging in this intragroup dialogue with peers who have similar racial identities, but different lived experiences, students gain a deeper understanding about what it means to be a member of a priviledged or marginalized racial group.
Sexual Orientation: In this course, students unpack the various ways they identify with and understand sexual orientation. This course also builds on gender and allows students to talk about the ways in which their gender and sexual orientation intersect.
Ability: This course asks students to consider their own ability identity, what constitutes ability/disability, and how they can be better listeners and allies to individuals with a disability. Like SES, one's ability is fluid and can change at any point during one's life, challenging students to consider forms of ability/disability priviledge and how that functions in a society that often stigmatizees those with a disabiity as less than human.
Advanced Race: A prerequisite to this class is the successful completion of IGR on Race or Racial Identity and recommendation of the instructor. This course builds on the topics of oppression and discrimination covered in the Race and Racial identity courses, and moves students into a performative place where they embody the communication styles associated with actual and perceived notions of racial identity.
Advanced Race and Gender: A prerequisite to this class is the successful completion of IGR on Race and Gender and recommendation of the instructor. This course challenges students to consider the intersectionality of race and gender, and how that works to privilege or oppress certain groups. The combination of gender and race identities are highlighted as communicative events in this course as students share how their identities affect their social roles on campus and in their communities.