OMNES : The Journal of multicultural society
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OMNES: The Journal of Multicultural Society - Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.72-99
ISSN: 2093-5498 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Jul 2021
Received 30 Apr 2021 Revised 20 Jul 2021 Accepted 26 Jul 2021

Re-envisioning Diversity Discourses and Practices in South Korean Higher Education through Curricular Interventions

Sarang Kim
University of California, San Diego, United States


Despite increasing racial/ethnic diversity on Korean college campuses and the society as a whole, few educational spaces exist for Korean college students to meaningfully and critically engage with the issues related to race and diversity. Drawing upon the literature on diversity in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United States as a conceptual roadmap, this study explores the potential utility and applicability of curricular diversity in the context of Korean HEIs and argues that more intentional efforts need to be made to raise critical consciousness about race and diversity among Korean college students through curricular interventions. To this end, this paper first examines the dominant diversity discourse and practices in Korean HEIs to set the context for the current paper’s argument. Then, the paper discusses the implications of curricular diversity on Korean college campuses at the individual and societal levels and provides recommendations for implementing such curricular strategies at the classroom level. The paper concludes with a discussion on the limitations of the current inquiry and suggestions for future research.


Korean higher education, curricular diversity, college students, critical consciousness, race and diversity


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Biographical Note

Sarang Kim (she/her) is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She received her B.A. in East Asian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and M.A. in English Language Teaching at the International Graduate School of English in Seoul, South Korea. Sarang Kim’s current research focuses on the issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education from a comparative perspective between Korea and the US. Email: