NWTC Equity Guide A guide to diversity, equity and inclusion at NWTC - Page 28

MULTICULTURALISM OF THE CURRICULUM The College’s Strategic Directions state that all graduates will possess the core employability skills necessary to continue to learn while successfully engaged in a career. One of the key areas of focus is to ensure that 100% of all programs at NWTC have multiculturalism built into their curriculum. The overall goal is to provide experiences for students to build their ability to: • Work within and build up teams that are multicultural. • Understand the influences and assumptions within their career fields in order to be able to navigate cross-cultural intersections. • Effectively navigate unfamiliar spaces and places (real or virtual). • Resolve cross-cultural conflict. Multicultural education allows learners to explore and evaluate the impact of their own assumptions, behaviors, values, and communication styles within a diverse society and workplace with the intention to navigate and negotiate cross-cultural situations. To achieve this outcome, employees and students must continuously engage in experiences that allow them to seek new perspectives, recognize their own biases, and utilize job-specific tools and resources that foster critical thinking and cultural awareness. Faculty, staff and students can also utilize the NWTC library resources to find educational materials and expand one’s thinking. 26