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The Exploring Diversity Initiative M E M O R A N D U M

Summary: The Exploring Diversity Initiative
From: Chris Waters, Director, Exploring Diversity Initiative
Date: Wednesday January 6th
, 2010
Re: Guidelines for submission of courses to be part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative
Two years ago the Exploring Diversity Initiative (EDI) replaced the older Peoples and Cultures (P&C)
requirement. Unless they have already completed an old P&C course (listed as such in the catalog when
they enrolled in it), all students are now required to complete at least one course that is designated as an
EDI course (by a letter "D" in the catalog) or meet various new study abroad criteria in order to fulfill the
requirement. Some 129 courses have now been accepted for inclusion in the catalog as EDI courses, of
which 71 are actually being offered this year. Once a course has been designated as an EDI course it will
not lose that designation as long as the course remains substantially unchanged.
The Exploring Diversity Initiative, as it is currently worded in the Williams College Bulletin, is reproduced
on the next page of this memo. In brief, EDI courses should actively and explicitly promote engagement
with issues of diversity; they should encourage students to reflect critically and self-consciously on the
operations of difference in the world and provide them with some of the tools they will need for a lifetime
of engagement with the increasingly diverse world in which we live. An EDI course might focus on helping
our students become more self-conscious about the differences between themselves and the people or
culture they are investigating in that course; it might, by contrast, provide students with newer ways of


Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College


Collections: Physics