DICP Course Listings & Schedule

Please note changes to the last two courses:
Capstone Project Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, from 1:30-4:30pm in the Kresge Town Hall.
Capstone Project Presentations will be held on Thursday, May 9th, from 1-4pm in the Kresge Town Hall.

To earn a certificate, please review our Program Requirements and register for classes at the UC Learning Center. Individual courses are also open to those who are not pursuing a certificate.

Course Schedule

Course listings (above) can also be found on the UC Learning Center site.

Course Descriptions

Required courses are offered twice per academic year. Elective courses are offered once per academic year.

Required Courses

Power, Privilege and Oppression: The purpose of this course is to analyze how power operates through policies, systems, and structures; and develop a historical context for understanding oppression, privilege, power, resistance, and social change. Participants will also reflect on one’s own multiple identities within history and society and examine how power and privilege can hinder community building in the workplace.

Supporting Queer & Trans Communities 101: This class will invite participants to explore and address the challenges that LGBTQIA+ people experience in the workplace. Participants will learn about various LGBTQIA+ groups, gain a sense of recent LGBTQIA+ history, and become familiar with LGBTQIA+ demographics at UC and beyond. After being introduced to some of the major challenges that LGBTQIA+ people face outside the workplace, participants will focus on LGBTQIA+ workplace concerns, discussing in-depth how they can best be addressed. Participants will also receive information about UC's policies vis-a-vis LGBTQIA+ employees and students, together with resources for ongoing learning and discussion.

Developing Diversity Change Agents: How can you utilize your skills and experience to be a successful ally and diversity change agent on campus? How can you role model behaviors that move us toward truly valuing diversity? In what ways can you help your colleagues, unit, department and campus create a more respectful and inclusive workplace? This hands-on, interactive course will explore the skills needed to become an effective change agent, including self-assessment and ally-building, examine the critical roles you can play at work, e.g., coaching, advocating, facilitating, committee work, etc., within and beyond your job, and develop individual action plans and support mechanisms for your work.

Disability 101: This course will provide an overview of the many types of disabilities that people around you might be dealing with at any given time. Special focus will be given to disabilities that are invisible and/or variable. UCSC affiliates who have disabilities will share their experiences – both good and bad – about working and studying at UCSC. The course will include discussion of how to be an ally to people with disabilities. We'll also introduce the concept of Universal Design as a way to make our programs and services accessible to the widest range of people.

Race: A Brief History of an Idea: This seminar discussion will briefly explore the history of "race" as a concept. We will discuss some short pieces of writing that will trace the history of "race" as an idea and define it in relation to a number of similar sounding though distinct concepts like ethnicity, nation, culture, class, and gender. Along the way, we'll question the idea of the US as a "post-racial" or "colorblind" nation in which racism is largely defined as a matter of individual prejudice and where structural or institutional forms of racism no longer exist. To situate these ideas in relation to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, we'll read a recent article by Ta Nehisi-Coates on how anti-black racism and violence in the US has been reinforced down the generations through state policy and structural racial inequality.

Class Matters: This workshop will explore socio-economic class as an important diversity dimension. We will examine class consciousness and generational and situational wealth and poverty in the U.S. and the intersection of race and class. We will discuss how economic class impacts personal experience, privilege, identity and worldview. Participants will learn about the socio-economic class diversity of our student body and also will consider how class identity may impact communication and interactions with and between students and in the workplace.

Elective Courses

Intersections Between Diversity & Environment: A core value at UCSC is our commitment to environmental sustainability, conservation, and a “green” ethic. It is such a foundational principle that it is assumed that all members of our campus community share the same understanding of sustainability, and that it is an unqualified good. This class/workshop/elective explores how certain forms of environmentalism, including those in the mainstream, have perpetuated discrimination and exclusion based on race, class, ethnicity, gender, place of origin, and other characteristics. We share the results of research conducted with undergraduates to highlight how these issues have manifested at UCSC and how they affect student success, sense of belonging, and retention. We also expand our discussion to include how low income, people of color disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation, contamination, and scarcity. Finally, we discuss how our campus and larger community can be more environmentally just, from forms of communication and interaction, to curricular and co-curricular programs.

Understanding Religious Belief and Believers: Our country's religious landscape has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, especially in California. On the one hand our state has seen a dramatic rise in people who claim no religious affiliation. At the same time, there is more religious diversity present in California than ever before. This class will give an overview of the major religions with a presence in our area, present guidelines for understanding religious people, examine issues and tensions that might arise in the workplace, and discuss how to create a climate of respect between those of differing perspectives.

Undocumented Students: At UCSC and Beyond: This workshop will allow you to understand current University policy from admissions acceptance to graduating undocumented students on campus.  A brief history of legislation and policy will be reviewed. The focus of the workshop will be on the student developmental experience and the challenges and institutional barriers these students face that may be the same or different compared to documented students.  Using the work of various psychologists that define cultural competency and proficiency, strategies on student support inside and outside the classroom will be the main learning outcome of the workshop.

Challenging Islamophobia: Islamophobia and the irrational fear of Muslims dates back centuries, but over the last 15 years, it has become much more prevalent in our everyday lives. This presentation will highlight current events and how Islamophobia is perpetuated in the United States and the impact it has on the Muslim community and those perceived as Muslims.  Differences can be found in Muslim religious and cultural practices and in this course the audience will learn about the complexities of the Muslim identity and stereotypes. Other topics that will be addressed are current laws, government surveillance practices, immigration and hate crimes. A portion of the presentation will include a panel of UCSC students who will share their experiences of being Muslim at UCSC. This interactive presentation is aimed at increasing multicultural competence among attendees and developing ways to challenge Islamophobia in our everyday lives.

Coming to Terms with Our Differences: The more diverse our work environment, the more we are called upon to work with people who are different from ourselves. People of different generational, cultural and class backgrounds often have different "norms." Add to these differences other factors such as temperament, style and values and the potential for conflict multiplies. This workshop will explore the relationship between diversity and conflict, and provide tools for building understanding and rapport.

Gender Bias and Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: In spite of multiple feminist movements and centuries of work on creating greater equality for women, gender bias still persists in society in the form of stubborn stereotypes and continuing inequalities. With motivations ranging from good intentions to overt hostility, gender-based discrimination is manifested through a range of behaviors, from subtle, unconscious individual acts to far-reaching, institutional forms of privilege and discrimination. This class will 1) use real life examples to show where and how gender bias persists today, 2) review methods and resources for identifying and understanding forms of bias and inequality, and 3) explore strategies for addressing and rectifying persistent inequalities.