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Language 1.1.Language 1. Language Doesthe thewording wordingofofthe thetopic topic Does

Advocacy 2.2.Advocacy 2. Advocacy Doesthe thetopic topicenable enablestudents students Does

Openness 4.4.Openness 4. Openness Does thetopic topicpromote promoteresearch research Does the

LiteratureBase Base Accessibility 5.5.Literature 6.6.Accessibility 5. order Literature Base Accessibility competitive, doesthe the In6. Inorder order attractand andsustain sustain InInorder totobebecompetitive, does totoattract

discriminate unequally value Does the wording of thevalue topic discriminate ororunequally others?Is Isthe thetopic clear,asas wellasas discriminate ortopic unequally value others? clear, well free of any cultural idioms that may others? Is the topic clear, as well as free of any cultural idioms that may disadvantage someparticipants? participants? free of any cultural idioms that may disadvantage some disadvantage some participants?

toactively actively theorize andaddress address the theorize topic enable students toDoes and ethical, social, political, and to actively theorize and address ethical, social, political, and economic barriers that perpetuate ethical, social, political, and economic barriers that perpetuate inequalitiesby byadvocating advocating economic barriers that perpetuate inequalities forfor changes to policies and practices? inequalities by advocating for changes to policies and practices? changes to policies and practices?

andtheorizing theorizing that challenges Does the topic promote research and that challenges students critically thinkabout about and theorizing that think challenges students totocritically their world and consider different students to critically think about their world and consider different perspectives andexperiences? experiences? their world and consider different perspectives perspectives and experiences?

topic compel students research In order to be competitive, does the topic compel students totoresearch andpresent present arguments that would topic compel studentsthat to research and arguments would stigmatize, discriminate against, and present arguments that would stigmatize, discriminate against, oror excludea traditionally a traditionally marginalized stigmatize, discriminate against, or exclude marginalized and disenfranchised community? exclude a traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised community? and disenfranchised community?

Awareness 3.3.Awareness 3. Awareness Analyzingthe thetopic topicfrom fromthe the Analyzing

perspective manydiverse diverse student Analyzing the topic from the perspective ofofmany student groups,does doesresearching and student perspective ofresearching many diverse groups, and theorizing about this topic promote groups, does researching and theorizing about this topic promote awarenessofof specific experiences theorizing about thisexperiences topic promote awareness specific related to oppression and/or larger awareness of specific experiences related to oppression and/or larger systemicissues? related toissues? oppression and/or larger systemic systemic issues?

participation, doesthe thetopic topic In order to attract and sustain participation, does facilitateananexploration exploration ofideas ideas participation, does theof topic facilitate related to established intellectual, facilitate an exploration of ideas related to established intellectual, social,oror cultural interests? related to established intellectual, social, cultural interests? Considering the present moment, social, or cultural interests? Considering the present moment, willtheorizing theorizing and researching Considering the present moment, will and researching the topic encourage supportive will theorizing and researching the topic encourage supportive social, emotional, andintellectual intellectual the topic encourage supportive social, emotional, and interactions amongst the intended social, emotional, and intellectual interactions amongst the intended participants?amongst the intended interactions participants? participants?

Furthermore,when whencreating creatingananarray arrayofoftopics, topics,you youwill willalso alsowant wanttotoconsider considerwhether whethera asignificant significantportion portionofof Furthermore, Furthermore, when creating an array of topics, youare will also want toconsidered consider whether a significant portion yourtopics topicsreflect reflect these questions. These questions aremeant meant considered addition theabove above six. of your these questions. These questions totobebe ininaddition totothe six. your topics reflect these questions. These questions are meant to be considered in addition to the above six.

Justice Power IntentionalInclusion Inclusion 8.8.Justice 9.9.Power 7.7.Intentional 8. Justice 9. Power 7. Intentional Inclusion IntentionalInclusion Inclusion– –The Thetopic topic Thetopic topicprovides providesopportunities opportunitiestoto The Thetopic topicpromotes promotesa deeper a deeper Intentional The explore how should defineand andto The topic provides opportunities explore how weweshould define live out social justice. explore how we should define and live out social justice. live out social justice.

understanding power imbalances. The topic promotes a deeper understanding ofofpower imbalances. understanding of power imbalances.

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compelsstudents students ethical, Intentional Inclusion –explore The topic compels totoexplore ethical, social, political, and economic compels students to explore ethical, social, political, and economic issuesinin a waythat that features the social, political, and economic issues a way features the experiences and perspectives issues in a way that features the experiences and perspectives oftraditionally traditionally marginalized and and perspectives ofexperiences marginalized and disenfranchised communities. of traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised communities. disenfranchised communities.

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