Critical Race Training in Education

Drexel University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone
(215) 895-2000
Email address
enroll@drexel.edu
School Information
"Drexel is a comprehensive global research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs." Drexel University is a private research university with its main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As of 2020, more than 24,000 students were enrolled in over 200 degree programs across the university's 15 schools. The university is also known for its Drexel Co-op educational program, as well as for its robust online education program. (Source: https://drexel.edu/about/glance/) (Source: https://drexel.edu/about/glance/fast-facts/)
General Information
After starting its Anti-Racism Taskforce, Drexel University has taken multiple steps to embed Critical Race Theory into its operations. Not only has the university launched a review into its relations with the police, but it has also allocated significant funds for research into anti-racism and equity projects. Drexel's 2030 Strategic Plan will focus on "recruiting and retaining more faculty, staff and students of color; demonstrating commitment to equity through University investments; and embedding antiracism in pedagogy and evaluations." No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Program and Research Funding

    22 Faculty Projects received (in total) $100,006 in research grant funding for “Racial Equity Projects.”

  • Program and Research Funding

    Launched the Racial Equity Project research grant for the “eradication of racism in this country.”

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The university will conduct a review of campus police budget and practices. Drexel will no longer donate to the Philadelphia Police Foundation.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Anti-Racism Task Force (and its 11 committees) have replaced Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day.”

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Rapid Response Research & Development Fund funded 22 projects focusing on a wide variety of topics related to racism. Six will be used to internally audit racism at Drexel.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The university has received a $9 million donation to establish a center studying racism and public health.

  • Symbolic Actions

    University's VP and Chief Diversity Officer committed to make Drexel an "antiracist organization" by 2030. University will focus on "recruiting and retaining more faculty, staff and students of color; demonstrating commitment to equity through University investments; and embedding antiracism in pedagogy and evaluations. "

Last updated February 13th, 2021