Students who pursue a Distinction in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will have the opportunity to participate in supported activities designed to help them understand and actively engage at the personal, community, and global level with issues surrounding DEI issues. Students will become change agents who have the knowledge and skills to be able to help remove the historic obstacles that stand in the way of underrepresented and under-served groups.

Definition of Diversity

“The range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.” (Diversity definition from Ferris State)

Definition of Equity

“The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.” (Equity definition from Independent Sector)

Definition of Inclusion

“Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive university promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.” (Inclusion definition from Ferris State)

DEI Distinction Elements

Semester One: Fall 2019

Participate in 10 hours of events tied to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Volunteerism
  • Approved on-campus or off-campus activities

Successfully complete DSTC 1999: Distinction in DEI, a one-credit online class focused on self-exploration and analysis of societal issues

Semester Two: Spring 2020

  • Earn a C or better in one approved, three-credit DEI-focused course.
  • Successfully complete the one-credit online Distinction Capstone (includes written reflection, ePortfolio, and presentation)
Three credit DEI-focused courses offered Spring 2020*
Course Number Course Name Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Day Time
SOC 1114 Criminal Justice in Society Inside/Out (permission required) 5&9 T 6:00-8:50
SOC 1170 Drugs and Society 5&8 MW 9:30-10:50
SOC 1170 Drugs and Society 5&8 TH 12:30-1:50
SOC 1170 Drugs and Society Inside/Out (permission required) 5&8 F 9:00-11:50
SOC 1185 Gender, Power and Society 5&7 Not applicable online
ANTH 1110 Cultural Anthropology 5&8 Not applicable online
ENGL 2130 Native American Literature 6&7 TH 2:00-3:20
COMM 2205 Relationship Communication 5 Not applicable online

*Note: Students should discuss what fits into their program plans with their advisors, course list is subject to change, student is responsible for associated tuition and fees for the selected course.

Reference Letter–Distinctions

Nomination Letter–Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Application–Diversity, Equity and Inclusion