Diversity and Social Justice Requirement

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s mission is to prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities. In today's culturally diverse global workforce, this mission goes beyond teaching our students the technical skills they will use in their industry. It is important that our students have the knowledge and skills that prepare them for the multicultural workspace they are entering and the broader communities in which they will live.

To help accomplish this mission, starting in the 2021-2022 academic year a course on diversity and social justice is required at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) of all students seeking a certificate of proficiency or associate degree. The required course dives deep into concepts of diversity and social justice. This requirement does not add costs to degree requirements and no additional time is needed to meet degree requirements.

Students taking the Diversity and social justice classes, would be invited to choose from a variety of "DSJ" designated classes. The entire course will be dedicated to or contextualized around diversity and social justice. Some of the "DSJ" designated classes are technical classes, while others are General Education courses.

To be approved and designated as a Diversity and Social Justice course, student learning outcomes, and course content must satisfy four learning outcomes: One learning outcome that focuses on communication, one learning outcome that focuses on appreciating differences, and two learning outcomes that focus on Power, Privilege, Inequity. 

Approved Diversity and Social Justice Courses

Below are lists of approved Diversity and Social Justice courses in general education and professional programs. Please note that not all the sections of these courses meet the Diversity Requirement. To choose sections that meet the diversity requirement, please use the “Diversity and Social Justice” course attribute value in the Class Schedule.

Department Course
Science ENVS&101, NUTR&101, BIOL&175, BIOL311
Humanities HUM215, CMST280
Math MATH&107, MATH&146
Social Science SOC&101, PSYC&100, PSYC&200, PSYC&220, POLY&202, CJ101
English ENGL&101, ENGL&111
Department Course
Architectural Technology ARCH100
Baking Arts BAKE109
Behavioral and Social Services BHAV222, BHAV110
Business Technology BTE190
Computer Security and Network Technology CSNT115
Dental Hygiene DHYG415
Design ART252, ART102, DSGN128, DSGN122, DSGN259
Digital Gaming and Interactive Media GAME108, GAME122
Early Childhood Education EDUC140, ECED180, EDUC115, ECED&107
Funeral Service Education FSE141
Human Resource Management HRM215, HRM265, HRM240
Nursing NURS111
Occupational Therapy Assistant OTA110
Physical Therapist Assistant PTA255
Public Health PUBH305, PUBH430
Welding Technology WELD203

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Student Testimonials

"The diversity class that I’m taking has been a rich experience and opened my eyes to many things. In the past, I think I would have scrunched up my nose at the thought of taking such a class, to be perfectly honest, but I am thankful that I was put in the position to take it. The reading has opened my eyes and my heart to the world around me in a new, more mature way"

“Having the opportunity to learn about different cultures, groups, etc. helps me to be aware of differing perspectives, but also see parts of myself in other groups that I previously thought I had nothing in common with”.

“Finding commonality assists me in my studies because I'm going to interact with people from all different backgrounds. Having classes address diversity also gives me a platform to offer my unique perspective that the class members might not have talked about if I wasn't there”.


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