2021-2022 Catalog Updates

EDU 309 Social Justice, Equity and Diversity

This course is an exploration of social, historical, moral and political dimensions of identity and culture as they apply to K-12 education.  Candidates explore their own assumptions, biases, and personal experience relating to diverse identities within the population (gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, language, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, mental health, etc.), and how these impact and inform instructional practices in the classroom. The course covers social justice concepts of intersectionality, cultural narratives, institutional and personal power and privilege, microaggressions, intergenerational trauma, history (emphasizing Pacific Northwest history and Since Time Immemorial curriculum), and cultural identity development across an individual’s lifespan. Course includes components of state requirements for certification. 




  1. This course will prepare students to:
  2. Understand conditions for Culturally Responsive Practice and Instructional Design.
  3. Communicate and Collaborate with staff, students, families, and communities.
  4. Analyze personal relationships to power, privilege, and intersectional identities.
  5. Identify and analyze sociopolitical and historical factors that influence K-12 systems and structures.
  6. Reflect on the foundations of racial equity analysis, Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) standards, and Teacher Performance Evaluation Protocols (TPEP).