Interdisciplinary approach: understanding history, culture and society from a range of perspectives, including those emanating from communities whose stories and lives have been marginalized.
Scholarly sophistication: writing autobiographical, analytical, and research papers; creating artistic work; and expressing oneself with clarity and confidence.
Developing knowledge: becoming well versed in the rapidly increasing scholarship on women and racial/ethnic groups with special focus on transnational studies; literary and artistic achievements; historical, social, political and economic conditions; and families and communities.
Engaged teaching and learning: excelling in classes that allow students to claim an education that values their contributions, and that challenge and spark students’ intellectual imaginations.
Community: developing a sense of belonging to an intellectual field and community that is innovative, multiracial, and inclusive; learning to work with integrity and openness with people from diverse backgrounds; building bridges across race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, age, disability, and religion and apply this knowledge to other disciplines and communities; and to see a link between theory and practice.
Social change: to develop skills to shape our collective future in ways that foster diversity and equity. To gain the preparation needed to earn graduate degrees and/or gain employment in WEST-related fields, and to work with people from a range of backgrounds.