Critical Diversity Studies

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All CDS majors must complete (20) units of foundation courses, including history, intersectional theory, research methods, expressions of diversity, and a capstone project., To learn more about these requirements, consult the Loading....

CDS students also complete (20) units of elective courses in their choice of concentration/minor. Students have the option to declare a comparative concentration, choosing courses in a variety of disciplines and concentrations. Contact the CDS office or a program director for further advising.

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Critical Diversity Studies
Prof. Christina Garcia Lopez, Director

Prof. Ron Sundstrom, Director

Asian Pacific American Studies
Prof. Evelyn Ho, Director

Chican@-Latin@ Studies
Prof. Christina Garcia Lopez, Director

Gender & Sexualities Studies
Prof. Jennifer Turpin, Director



11th Annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum

“Moving Toward Radical Imagination” with adrienne maree brown
Thursday, September 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST, Online Webinar

We are in a time of transition and emergence. As a nation, we are reckoning with historical and systemic violences and the failure of our systems, and we are also witnessing the emergence of powerful and transformative solidarities. Our futures will be determined by the choices we make today, and we have the power to reimagine futures that are more just, loving, and life-giving than any that we have witnessed in our histories. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s forum: adrienne maree brown, a writer and currently the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute.

In this year’s CDS Forum, we will examine the role of radical imagination. We will ask: In what directions do we want to grow: as individuals, communities, and a nation? How can we allow those most impacted by violence to lead us? How can we reimagine and construct new systems, practices, and relations that are rooted in collective care, accountability, justice, and joy?

Please plan to join us for this extraordinary conversation.


adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and MediationWe Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative JusticePleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling GoodEmergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the WorldOctavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.