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Baker University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
718 Dearborn
Baldwin City, Kansas 66006
Phone
(785) 594-8325
Email address
admission@bakerU.edu
School Information
Baker was "founded in 1858 as the first university in Kansas." In addition, "Baker University is a premier private university with a tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. The faculty provides creative, student-focused learning experiences that challenge students to analyze issues with depth and clarity. Students fully engage in their learning; connect with peers, faculty, and staff; and develop lifelong relationships with diverse groups of people. Graduates realize their potential to become confident, competent contributors to society" (Source: https://www.bakeru.edu/meet-baker-university/). Baker has a total undergraduate enrollment of over 1,100. The university has a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and offers over 100 programs.
General Information
Baker University has instituted an Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The school has also created a DEI Working Group which offers events. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Resources
  • Baker University is looking to hire a Director of DEI and International Student Services.
Symbolic Actions
  • Baker has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion which "seeks to prepare students for our diverse world by providing experiences and opportunities for cross-cultural interactions that serve to increase understanding and respect for our differences."
  • Baker has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group which hosts events that "challenge participants to expand their awareness and knowledge of the historical contexts of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and class to gain an understanding of how these issues are visible today."
  • On August 25, 2016, an article titled "#BLM: face-to-face with racism" on The Baker Orange, Baker University's Student Media publication.
  • On May 6, 2021, The Baker Orange published an article responding to Derek Chauvin's verdict, stating, "Today, people continue to feel empowered to call out U.S. leaders and protest racial injustice in all forms to emphasize the work that still needs to be done. Nonetheless, Chauvin being convicted of murder provided a sense of hope and was a step toward overall police accountability."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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