Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Freshman - Sophomore
Class Size: 46
14 Credits per quarter
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course.First year students will need to register for the 14-credit program CRN PLUS Greener Foundations (CRN 20001).

As communities continue to reflect the country's increasingly diverse population, what media representations challenge and support discrimination in our communities, schools, and institutions? How can we generate a framework for actions that reject inaccurate representations of human difference, value diverse forms of knowledge, and question institutional inequalities. In this program, we will pursue answers to these questions by examining identity, educational history, cultural studies, and the media in order to design strategies to support a more equitable school system and to create diverse forms of media expression.

This program meets remotely due to the uncertainty related to the pandemic and changing conditions with the delta variant. In order to participate in this remote program, students will need a computer equipped with a camera, Zoom software and a strong, stable internet connection. In addition, students will need to check out some equipment from Media Loan for workshops (or use similar personal equipment). 

We will begin by analyzing a working definition of racism that frames intentional, as well as unintentional, normalized acts of inequality over time. We will challenge depictions in history, education, literature, and the media that promote the stereotyping of diverse groups. Through an analysis of anti-racist research, literature, and media, we will also explore the lived experiences of diverse populations whose identities are often impacted by assumptions and disparities found in communities and school settings based upon the social construction of race, gender and the stereotyping of immigrants. In order to break down such assumptions, students will engage in seminars, writing, and media analysis over the course of the program.

In addition, we will investigate specific everyday actions that media artists, activists, and educators generate to confront these inequalities. By incorporating media and writing workshops, we will document counter-narratives can that affirm and support diverse identities and communities. Writing workshops will help students develop skills in critical analysis and media analysis, while media workshops will help students develop skills in visual literacy and expression.

Lastly, we will demonstrate our understanding of everyday anti-racist practices by creating teaching presentations that merge readings, film analysis and writing. Possible themes that may emerge through our own study include examining the community and students' funds of knowledge, as well as the use of alternative media and the arts as tools of empowerment that specifically recognize our collective cultural hybridity.


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 10025
Fr (14): 10026
Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 20169
Fr (14): 20170

Academic details

Preparatory For

education, teaching, media, cultural studies, and community service

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$200 in fall for conference, film entrance fees, supplies, and media fee

$100 in winter for museum entrance fees and media fee


In Person or Remote
Remote (F)
Remote (W)
Time Offered
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First Meeting



Date Revision
2021-09-22 This program is now completely online.
2021-04-22 This program is now 14 credits