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Agnes Scott College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
141 College Ave.
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Phone
(404) 471-6285
Email address
admission@agnesscott.edu
School Information
"Agnes Scott College was established in 1889 with a distinctive mission: to educate women for the betterment of their families and the elevation of their region. Today, that mission has evolved into a commitment to educate students from around the world to 'think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.'” (Source: https://www.agnesscott.edu/about/history/index.html). The school's total enrollment is over 1,000. Over 30 undergraduate majors and minors are offered and the college hosts a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
General Information
In response to the death of George Floyd, a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation anti-racism website was created. Numerous resources for anti-racism are offered. In addition, a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion plan was created which encourages all members of the campus community to undergo JEDI training. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Agnes Scott offers diversity training optionally.
  • The college conducts "Race and Ethnicity in Sports Training."
  • Per the JEDI plan, all members of the campus community were "encouraged to commit to" various steps to take, including "in-depth training on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues."
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that it would "Offer B.J.E.D.I. related professional development for all employees, with a focus on performing their jobs better and with integrity and authenticity."
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that as part of new student orientation training, "Staff in the student affairs division collaborated with staff from the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion to ensure that belonging, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion were integrated into new student training." Additionally, "Training for the incoming class of 2026 included Legacy, a signature SUMMIT program that focused on inclusive leadership."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Agnes Scott revised the J.E.D.I plan to the J.E.D.I.B plan (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging), and will "[integrate] the J.E.D.I.B. framework into all curriculum planning and programming."
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that the college has "Embed[ded] and expand[ed] upon opportunities to decolonize the curriculum in various disciplines."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that it would "Implement and widely train the campus on the college’s non-discrimination policy to encourage reporting on issues of discrimination."
Program and Research Funding
  • The college gives students scholarships if the students engage in initiatives for inclusion.
  • Agnes Scott has received 6 presidential campus grants in Fall 2020 for initiatives related to race, such as "Decolonizing the Curriculum, One Syllabus at a Time: Pedagogy as Social Justice."
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that it "finalized the work from the eleven presidential 2021 campus mini grants that addressed racial and social justice." The grants "served as a launching pad for the 'Acknowledging our Past: Acting Now for A Transformed Future' project."
Resources
  • The college created a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation anti-racism website.
  • Agnes Scott's Division of Equity and Inclusion has the Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion which functions to "encourage students, faculty, and staff alike to participate in professional development programs and events focused on inclusive excellence."
  • The college offers numerous resources and hosts various events for anti-racism.
  • Agnes Scott held numerous events in Fall 2020 and in Spring 2021 related to topics such as "racial healing."
  • Agnes Scott will "establish a board of advisors on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion issues."
  • The college's Inclusive Leadership Leadership program is five-course "interactive" module where students will "engage in hour-long discussions to practice with colleagues how to champion diversity and inclusion to build a more inclusive workplace."
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that it would "Work with the library to verify and make visible the histories of underrepresented employees of color."
  • The college published its 2023 B.J.E.D.I. (Belonging, Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) update which states that in 2023, in order to "maintain progress in advancing a culture of anti-racism, inclusiveness and belonging," it would integrate "the B.J.E.D.I. framework into all college planning and programming..."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college has developed a webinar series titled, "The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation courageous conversations about racism and hate."
  • On September 21, 2021, it was announced that the college received the INSIGHT Into Diversity 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.
Last updated August 29th, 2023
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