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Albion College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, Michigan 49224
Phone
(517) 629-1000
Email address
admission@albion.edu
School Information
"Albion College prepares bold, purpose-driven students to act. We’re a nationally-recognized liberal arts school with strong ties to our local community. Our students pursue their passions while gaining a true understanding of the world. They learn to turn critical thought into meaningful action. Our faculty make mentorship their top priority. We prioritize building a culture of belonging that makes space for everyone. Albion students graduate ready to thrive in rewarding careers, live meaningful lives and help build a better world. Since its founding in 1835, Albion College has grown and expanded its vision of a liberal arts education grounded in purpose, passion and academic excellence." The college has a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1, with over 1,400 students. It offers over 50 majors and 50 minors. (Source: https://www.albion.edu/about/)
General Information
Albion College of Michigan has recently appointed a new president, Dr. Matthew B. Johnson, as of July 1, 2020. Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Tony McDade, Albion College has implemented various anti-racist changes. In August 2020, Albion College launched the Blueprint for Belonging. This is an evaluation process which will give recommendations of actions to proceed with in June 2021. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Albion College has created the Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience where all of Albion's incoming class reads a shared text, according to the college program's description. Albion College has announced that "How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the 2021 Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience for 2021."
Program and Research Funding
  • Albion College has enacted a policy related to bringing in new faculty that requires "at least 50% BIPOC candidates in the semifinalist round to be allowed to move forward."
  • The college will soon "announce a new Institute on Race and Belonging named after James L. Curtis '44."
  • Albion College has recently partnered with Return On Inclusion, an institution that "delivers online sport-specific diversity and inclusion education." Participants of this program will be instructed with a "comprehensive diversity and inclusion training."
Resources
  • The college created a new unit called "Campus Life" that provides resources "to support more of the programming needs and desires of BIPOC students."
Symbolic Actions
  • Albion College plans on joining the faculty consortium on diversity in order to begin "advocating to the faculty that they need to diversify as fast as possible" in addition to "diversifying the Cabinet" by having a higher ratio of individuals who identify as PoC hold a position in the Cabinet.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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