Marinos doesn't dictate what the issues will be. "I encourage them to create an issue themselves from within their specific discipline and discuss how they would use their identity and values to make an impactful change," she says.
During a business class, for example, she focused on things that the students hold dear regarding work, family and relationships. "We had them think about diversity, equity and inclusion issues in business and how they would use their values or their 'superpowers' to bring change," she says.
As one business student talked about the NFL and a player known for protests, Colin Kaepernick, he focused on how much money that protest and the whole issue was costing major league football.
"His 'superpower' as a great communicator and businessman would ideally work to facilitate communication between Kaepernick and the NFL to try and shore up some of that bleeding of money," she said.
"This is a powerful way to have them think not just about their discipline, but diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to their discipline."
Dianne Hardin, executive director of UC's MS marketing program, and her students found the program insightful on several levels.
"Marketing is all about understanding and engaging with the audience who is purchasing and using your products or services," says Hardin. "This happens within the context of culture — usually a culture that the marketer may not know. Learning how to understand others within their culture, as is the focus of Dr. Marinos’ work and 'Don’t Cancel Class!' program, is invaluable to a future marketer’s education and to us as good global citizens."