Critical Race Training in Education

Amherst College

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
220 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
Phone
(413) 542-2000
Email address
admission@amherst.edu
School Information
"Amherst students have access to 40 majors, an open curriculum, talented and accessible faculty, the Five College Consortium, and opportunities for research and internships around the world. "We are known for our open curriculum, a bold experiment in place since 1971. To graduate, students must take four years of classes, but just one first-year seminar and the required classes for their major. In conjunction with their academic advisors, students plan a program of study to discover their intellectual and creative passions and equip themselves for a life of active, collaborative learning." (Source: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife)
General Information
Amherst College has taken a wide range of actions. In addition to requiring anti-bias training and reconsidering its naming policies of on-campus buildings, the college has also funded the Center for Restorative Practices, as well as defunding its campus police. Furthermore, the code of conduct is undergoing revision to prohibit "identity-based harassment". Students, faculty, and staff will be required to undergo anti-bias training. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Faculty, Staff, and Students will all be required to undergo anti-bias training. First-year students will undergo such training as part of their “First-year Connect” program.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Faculty will undergo curriculum development training with “specific attention to race and racism” to create “inclusivity-focused examples of innovation."

  • Disciplinary Measures

    The student code will be revised to incorporate policies and procedures pertaining to identity-based harassment and discrimination. Bias-reporting systems will also be implemented. Academic Freedom will be reexamined.

  • Program and Research Funding

    Center for Restorative Practices, now past its pilot stage, will provide conflict resolution and community building training.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    Campus police will be defunded, with resources going towards other programs, like mental health.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Public spaces will be “re-imagined.”

Last updated February 13th, 2021