Approve Proposal IV-D
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This petition has been made for students, staff, and faculty at Central Michigan University to express support for proposal IV-D. In brief, proposal IV-D aims to change the UP elective to a requirement that includes learning about forms of discrimination other than race, such as gender identity, sexuality, age, religion, socioeconomic status, or ability status. The goal of this proposal is to create a student body that has been educated in how to interact with several diverse groups. According to research done by faculty and original proposers Dr. Strachan and Dr. Senter, most universities in Michigan have this requirement and it is considered best practice to have a requirement such as this in an academic program.
It is important to note that this proposal will not add any additional credit hour requirements and will not cost any money on the part of the university, as there are dozens of courses already eligible to fit into this category. For those concerned about graduating on time, there is an option for faculty in your department to appeal to the General Education Committee and provide you with an exemption to keep your graduation on track.
This is a proposal that has already been approved by the Student Government Association on two separate occasions and approved by the General Education Committee. The detractors of this proposal cite a lack of support, especially from the student body and students in the business and science and technology colleges.
Please sign this petition to express your support so additional numbers on amount of people that support this proposal can be reported. The next academic senate meeting on this issue is April 4th in Pearce 138 from 3:30-5pm. Feel free to show up in support of the proposal.
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