The University of New Mexico may start requiring students to take at least one class that includes coursework on diversity before they graduate.
Students at many Southwestern universities already have such a requirement. But that’s not the case at UNM, where the number of Hispanic students is nearly equal to that of Anglos and where women make up the majority.
A draft proposal by the Provost’s Diversity Council calls for a three-credit-hour diversity requirement that could go into effect in fall 2014. The council will seek approval from the Faculty Senate and other entities within the next few months.
And so far, both President Bob Frank and Provost Chaouki Abdallah are on board.