UPDATE (message sent to members of Save the Multicultural Requirement):
So it seems that the campuswide Committee on Educational Policy is not considering “removing” categories 7 and 8 (the muticultural studies and international/global issues requirements) from the list of general education requirements entirely. Instead, they will consider diminishing these requirements. They are proposing that Requirements 7 and 8 be met only by classes which also meet GE Requirement 2, 3 or 4 (Science and Technology, Social and Behavioral Science, or Arts and Humanities). There are 17 classes which now meet the multicultural or international issues requirements but don’t also satisfy requirement 2, 3 and 4. This list includes sociology and poli sci classes and a chic/latino studies class, among others.
The question is, what will happen to these 17 classes? If they are not expressly cut, removing them from a list of classes which satisfy a GE requirement will severely reduce enrollment. Either way, a proposal like this will functionally, if not nominally, remove the multicultural component of education at UCI. Although the issue is not as clear cut as it seemed, the energy that we have put into it so far should not go away. The elimination of ANY classes from the Multicultural Breadth Requirement cannot be tolerated right now.
On May 6 UCI’s Committee on Education Policy will be voting on a proposal to eliminate the multicultural and international breadth requirements despite appeals made by students to make ethnic studies a stronger focus.
A petition has been written calling for signatures to support saving the multicultural requirement:
To: Academic Senate Council on Educational Policy
Re: Multicultural Studies Requirement
We write to communicate our great concern about the possibility of eliminating the multicultural studies requirement for University of California, Irvine. A multicultural studies requirement is essential to students learning how different cultures interact to shape individual identity.
Given the instances of hate on various campuses in the University of California system just this year, it is clear that the campus community lacks a general understanding of other cultures. In order to foster a safe campus without discrimination, students must understand others’ identities.
We are opposed to the elimination of the multicultural studies requirement and want our UC education to reflect the tapestry of cultures at UCI. Please let this multicultural studies requirement stand.
Sign the petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/multicul/