Humanities & Diversity
- Bistro Philosophy: A monthly gathering of philosophy students and faculty at a local bistro to discuss concepts taught in classes, then brainstorming and expanding upon them creatively to address “burning questions” that arise through the semester.
- Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
- Multicultural Center: Immerse with students from many cultures on campus and participate in community service and organizing cultural events.
- Philosophy Intersections: A series of discussions and lectures that highlights work among disciplines campus-wide, where students and faculty look at how their fields intersect and interact with Philosophy.
- Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
- Volunteering: Students serve at Gunnison County’s Multicultural Resources and Project Hope to provide support for local Spanish-speaking individuals searching for additional resources to succeed in life.
- Western Theatre Company: A co-curricular program and student-run producing board that oversee and provide quality live performance to the campus and Gunnison community.
- Wordehorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open-mic nights.
Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222A
Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Director of Theatre and Lecturer in Communication Arts
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212 D
Professor of English
Office Location: Taylor Hall 218
Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department
Office Location: Taylor Hall 216
Professor of English
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208F
Professor of Philosophy, Director of Philosophy Program
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208D
Lecturer in Spanish
Office Location: Taylor Hall 225A
Associate Professor of Communication Arts
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222C
Professor of Communication Arts
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
Lecturer in English
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208A
The Humanities & Diversity minor provides the opportunity for students to examine ideas, perspectives and representations informed by issues such as diversity, identity, sexuality and lived realities through the study of literature and related disciplines in the liberal arts.
The program celebrates diversity through “an educational environment that honors the entities, experiences and intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, intellectual abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs and ideologies.” Furthermore, it supports “a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity, inclusivity, scientific inquiry and creative expression … [and that] … these principles are a moral imperative requiring constant vigilance and a firm stance against actions motivated by hate or intimidation.” (From Western’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Internationalization Committee)
The core component of the 21-credit Humanities & Diversity minor resides in literature as the primary means by which students can engage challenging issues in diversity and identity in a more curated and safe setting, with courses offered in English, Communication Arts, Philosophy and Spanish.
Through the expansive and varied selection of courses, the program provides students with an immersion in subject matter and fields which best match their interests and strengths, while maintaining a steady footing in theoretically vigorous material.
We need the humanities more than ever now that technology is found in nearly every corner of society. Engineering and science are part of broader human realities, which means that the skills and insights students gain in a Humanities & Diversity minor help frame and articulate the crucial decisions that affect people locally and globally.
The Humanities & Diversity minor complements any undergraduate degree and career path because it promotes the value of collaboration, writing and communication, as well as the appreciation of different perspectives and their accompanying expressions.
Reach out to Alina M. Luna, Ph.D. for more information.