If you are looking for a class to meet both a general education and a diversity requirement class I’d recommend taking Sociology 268. The class, Race and Ethnicity, is an introduction course taught by Professor Kristina Cantin. I am going to evaluate this professor based off of five criteria: subject knowledge and passion; setting high standards and clear classroom objectives; ability to create a sense of community within the class; professor accessibility; and mutual respect.
The course focused on the eight common conversations about Race: “We’re beyond race;” “Racial diversity is killing us;” “Everyone’s a little bit racist;” “It’s just identity politics;” “Variety is the spice of life;” “It’s a Black thing—you wouldn’t understand;” “I’m____ and I’m proud;” and “Race is in our DNA.” Professor Cantin was very passionate that students would acknowledge that the struggle of racial diversity is still very real in today’s world. Class lectures were very engaging and a touchy subject of race and ethnicity was given the utmost respect. Professor could have just assigned chapters to read and study, but she took it several steps farther. Professor was interested in us sharing our perspectives, and encouraging us to experience being in situations where we were the racial minority. It was very eye opening experience to be involved in a number of diversity groups on campus. The “hands on” aspect of learning was very helpful with learning the course requirements.
A professor should set high classroom standards and encourage each student to work hard and reach their full potential. Professor Cantin started off this class setting the standard for achievement rather high. We were told on day one that we would have to put in considerable effort to pass her class. There would be eight essays to write, 2 APA or MLA papers, a mid-term and a final, along with required reading of the book Doing Race. I was somewhat apprehensive about taking her...
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