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date: 18 September 2019

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In this chapter, we discuss the importance of teaching about cultural diversity in the undergraduate psychology curriculum and describe successful models for doing so. We suggest faculty identify their goals for diversity education at both the department and the individual course level. We note the importance of offering stand-alone diversity courses and explain why cultural diversity also should be infused in all psychology courses. We review the necessary components of effective diversity education and explain why students benefit both directly and indirectly from learning about this topic. Because instructors need to evaluate their own self-awareness, knowledge, and skills related to this topic, we suggest ways to effectively do so, including developing strategies for understanding students’ worldviews, expectations, and behaviors in the classroom and establishing a safe learning environment for what can be emotionally charged discussions. Finally, we note the methods available for effective multicultural education and offer advice about choosing the methods that meet instructors’ identified goals.

Keywords: diversity education

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