UCLA is sending undergraduates out into a diverse and complex world. We want them to be leaders, so it is our responsibility to help them get the education they need to succeed. There is substantial evidence that a diversity-related curriculum brings considerable value to students and the campus. This requirement creates a structure that gives TAs, Faculty, and students tools for this and an infrastructure that articulates the value we place on this aspect of the students’ education.


The charge to the ad hoc Faculty Committee that developed the requirement was that the goals of the requirement should emerge from an expansive view of diversity. As part of the process, the ad hoc Faculty Committee sought input from a student advisory group, considered the UCLA Principles of Community and the recent Campus Climate Survey report, and received feedback from the College Faculty Executive Committee and the Undergraduate Council. This process resulted in the first criterion for fulfilling the proposed Diversity Requirement:

Courses must substantially address conditions, experiences, perspectives, and/or representations of at least two groups using difference frames that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, language, nationality, citizenship status and/or place of origin.