Social and Multicultural Foundations
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In this class, students study theories of community; work with the skills and qualities
necessary to understand and foster a cohesive, compassionate, and creative learning
community; and establish the ground for studying oneself in relationship. Particular
attention is paid to systems of privilege and oppression and multicultural competence.
Advocacy and public policy in terms of their effect on access and equity are explored.
The course also provides the theoretical and experiential ground for working skillfully
with diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, education,
class, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability, including mental illness. Buddhist
principles of non-duality and the coexistence of relative and absolute truth provide
the conceptual basis from which students learn to bring a sense of maitri and nonaggression
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