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Baylor University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1311 S 5th St
Waco, Texas 76706
Phone
(800) 229-5678
Email address
admissions@baylor.edu
School Information
Baylor University, a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship.
General Information
Baylor University has undertaken a systematic effort to implement the principles of anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion in its functions. President Livingstone announced numerous policies after the death of George Floyd, including DEI scholarships, increased non-white enrollment, solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and mandatory DEI training for faculty, staff, and students. They are required to undergo a 40-minute interactive diversity class. Baylor employs multiple professors who are outspoken in their support of anti-racism, including Kerri Fisher, who decries oppressive social systems and white privilege, and Greg Garrett, who defends and advocates critical race theory. Baylor has also taken symbolic gestures including acknowledgement of its historical connection to slavery and the Confederacy and addressing systemic racism on campus. The university’s library also provides an anti-racist guide with various literature on the subject. More literature from the Department of Multicultural Affairs promotes a book asking white students to “stop hiding [their] privilege and use it for social change.” The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work is most outspoken in its support for anti-racism, denouncing white supremacy, systemic oppression, and microaggressions. Other programs and departments have struck similar tones in conjunction with university-wide statements. More information can be found below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In June 2020, President Linda A. Livingstone issued a statement claiming that "Baylor University places a priority on enhancing diversity and equity across our campus and throughout our academic and operational divisions."
  • In response to the death of George Floyd, President Livingstone announced a required annual "diversity training for all current students, faculty and staff." "Equipping students for worldwide leadership and service requires that we – and they – recognize the depth of our own innate biases and prejudices, that we more readily name them and more ably and wisely resist them."
  • On November 11, 2020, Baylor required its students, staff, and faculty to complete a 40 minute "diversity training" video. The video covers aspects of "racial injustice."
  • In the fall of 2021, Baylor required its students to complete a "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion course." This courses "includes videos, text, and quizzes to check progress." The Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office said the course would take "around 40 minutes to complete." This course differs from 2020's required video due to its interactive nature. The email to students said that "Baylor University has made an institutional commitment to require annual diversity education training for all students, faculty and staff."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work released an "Antiracism statement." The school seeks to "produce ethical social work practitioners committed to anti-oppressive practice and the empowerment of all people." It adds, "we denounce white supremacy, systemic oppression, racism, microaggression and bigotry in any forms..." It is "committed to actively and humbly identify as and commit t to being an anti-racist academic unit of Baylor University." It is to be "reflected in the life and culture of the GSSW through our policies, programs, and practices as we continue to learn about racism and ethnic oppression."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • President Livingstone announced a plan to "continue to strengthen the diversity of our faculty and staff as we attract a diverse pool of candidates committed to our mission."
  • Kerri Fisher, a lecturer and diversity educator at Baylor, said "The Work of identifying racist attitudes and behaviors is not only uncomfortable, but also never-ending." She is a co-chair of the "Race Equity Work Team in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work." She claims that "Recognizing white privilege and oppressive social systems isn't enough to sustain cultural humility." In a recent interview, "Fisher outlined the process for achieving cultural humility, anti-racist and anti-oppressive attitudes..."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • In June 2020, President Livingstone endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement. She called it "more than just a catchphrase, a rallying cry or social media tactic to garner support for protestors. It is a social movement to help people understand that once Black lives begin to matter; all lives will truly matter."
  • Greg Garrett, professor of English, "argues that Critical Race Theory is not increasing racist ideology in schools, but is instead promoting the recognition of America's racial history and working to combat institutionalized racism within American society."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university said, "Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate commitment to advancing racial equality and diversity." Available scholarships include the MA Awards (awarded by the Department of Multicultural Affairs).
  • Baylor offers a "research opportunity in Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media." The only listed opportunity is a post in "critical race theory."
Resources
  • Baylor's library offers an "Anti-Racism" guide complete with books, scholarly articles, videos, and news sources.
  • The Department of Multicultural Affairs provides "Anti-Racism Resources," including the book "Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change!" and the 1619 Project's podcast.
  • According to First Things journal, "In a letter to students, faculty, and staff, the president of Baylor University recommended a resource on race that encourages readers to assess their thoughts and feelings using Tema Okun's 'characteristics of white supremacy culture'—characteristics that include individualism, objectivity, linear thinking, and logic."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Special Advisor to the President for Equity and Campus Engagement, Malcom B. Foley, issued a statement claiming that "diversity and inclusion mean little without equity and accountability."
  • "In the summer of 2020, Baylor created the Commission on Historic Campus Representations in connection with a resolution by the Board of the Regents that acknowledged the University’s historical connections to slavery and the Confederacy."
  • President Livingstone issued a statement on May 29, 2020, calling for the country to "meaningfully address the systemic issues that allow [racist events] to happen again and again."
Last updated September 12th, 2022
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