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Multicultural Awareness

Definition
The knowledge and cognitive skills that support effective and appropriate interaction in a multitude of cultural contexts

  • Express value in intercultural interactions
  • State multiple general domains in which cultural variation may occur
  • Identify cultural factors such as history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, beliefs, and practices that may play a role in current/specific intercultural situations
  • Interpret intercultural experience from the perspective of more than one worldview
  • Evaluate natural, physical, social, cultural, historical, and economic legacies and hierarchies
  • Act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group
  • Analyze similarities and differences among cultures; suspend own judgement in interactions with culturally different others
  • Seek complexity in viewpoints and experience
  • Identify viable strategies for communicating or negotiating cultural differences in situations
  • Identify and critique interdependent global, regional, and local cultures
    and systems; evaluate implications for people’s lives
Learning

You might demonstrate learning/a transformation in the following ways:

  • Express value in intercultural interactions
  • State multiple general domains in which cultural variation may occur
  • Identify cultural factors such as history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, beliefs, and practices that may play a role in current/specific intercultural situations
  • Interpret intercultural experience from the perspective of more than one worldview
  • Evaluate natural, physical, social, cultural, historical, and economic legacies and hierarchies
  • Act in a supportive manner that recognizes the feelings of another cultural group
  • Analyze similarities and differences among cultures; suspend own judgement in interactions with culturally different others
  • Seek complexity in viewpoints and experience
  • Identify viable strategies for communicating or negotiating cultural differences in situations
  • Identify and critique interdependent global, regional, and local cultures and systems; evaluate implications for people’s lives

Civic Responsibility

Definition
The duty to make a difference in the life of our communities and the development of necessary knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference

  • Describe what you have learned about yourself as it relates to a clarified self-awareness as a citizen
  • Display a sense of duty or leadership to promote social justice locally or globally
  • Express strong interest in public issues
  • Express a commitment to taking actions or work toward a solution to a social problem
  • Apply knowledge from your own academic field of study to community service and problem-solving
  • Communicate effectively through expressing, listening, and synthesizing ideas based on others’ perspectives in a civic context
Learning

You might demonstrate learning/a transformation in the following ways:

  • Describe what you have learned about yourself as it relates to a clarified self-awareness as a citizen
  • Display a sense of duty or leadership to promote social justice locally or globally
  • Express strong interest in public issues
  • Express a commitment to taking actions or work toward a solution to a social problem
  • Apply knowledge from your own academic field of study to community service and problem-solving
  • Communicate effectively through expressing, listening, and synthesizing ideas based on others’ perspectives in a civic context

Ethical Reasoning

Definition
The assessment of one’s ethical values and the social context of problems and the ability to recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings

  • Describe and analyze both core beliefs/values and the origins of those beliefs/values
  • Recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings
  • Describe a complex list of ethical issues by determining important facts, stakeholders, consequences, duties, underlying values, and relationships related to the issue
  • Apply ethical concepts or theories to understand the perspectives of\ multiple stakeholders
  • Analyze competence and responsibility of stakeholders
  • Clarify alternative resolutions
  • State a position and defend against the objections from different ethical
    perspectives
Learning

You might demonstrate learning/a transformation in the following ways:

  • Describe and analyze both core beliefs/values and the origins of those beliefs/values
  • Recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings
  • Describe a complex list of ethical issues by determining important  facts, stakeholders, consequences, duties, underlying values, and relationships related to the issue
  • Apply ethical concepts or theories to understand the perspectives of multiple stakeholders
  • Analyze competence and responsibility of stakeholders
  • Clarify alternative resolutions
  • State a position and defend against the objections from different ethical perspectives

Systems Thinking

Definition
The cognitive process to understand how a system’s constituent parts influence each other and how they behave over time within the context of larger systems

  • Constructs problem statement with evidence of most relevant contextual factors
  • Identifies important aspects of the system
  • Describes how parts of the system interact
  • Relates how the system interacts with the outside world
  • Proposes one or more solutions that are sensitive to contextual factors such as ethical, logical and cultural dimensions of the problem
  • Develops a logical, consistent, feasible plan to solve the problem
  • Analyzes own and others’ assumptions and points of view when making an argument
  • Conceptualizes, applies, analyzes, synthesizes, and/or evaluates information gathered from or generated by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action
  • Makes logical conclusions based on previous evidence and evaluation
  • Synthesizes existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways
  • Performs, makes, thinks or acts in imaginative ways characterized by innovation, divergent thinking and intellectual risk taking
Learning

You might demonstrate learning/a transformation in the following ways:

  • Constructs problem statement with evidence of most relevant contextual factors
  • Identifies important aspects of the system
  • Describes how parts of the system interact
  • Relates how the system interacts with the outside world
  • Proposes one or more solutions that are sensitive to contextual factors such as ethical, logical and cultural dimensions of the problem
  • Develops a logical, consistent, feasible plan to solve the problem
  • Analyzes own and others’ assumptions and points of view when making an argument
  • Conceptualizes, applies, analyzes, synthesizes, and/or evaluates information gathered from or generated by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action
  • Makes logical conclusions based on previous evidence and evaluation
  • Synthesizes existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways
  • Performs, makes, thinks or acts in imaginative ways characterized by innovation, divergent thinking and intellectual risk taking

Professional Development

Definition
The duty to make a difference in the life of our communities and the development of necessary knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make a difference

  • Describe what you have learned about yourself as it relates to a clarified self-awareness as a citizen
  • Clarify self-interest, values, personal qualities, work style and relate them to career goals
  • Actively seek professional development opportunities and explore possible careers
  • Actively develop skills aligned with career direction
  • Understand the expectations of employers and today’s work environment
  • Demonstrate skills and ethical behaviors desired by the profession
  • Confidently communicate strengths and skills related to a profession
  • Reflect and re-assess career goals and actions
Learning

You might demonstrate learning/a transformation in the following ways:

  • Clarify self-interest, values, personal qualities, work style and relate them to career goals
  • Actively seek professional development opportunities and explore possible careers
  • Actively develop skills aligned with career direction
  • Understand the expectations of employers and today’s work environment
    Demonstrate skills and ethical behaviors desired by the profession
  • Confidently communicate strengths and skills related to a profession
  • Reflect and re-assess career goals and actions