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Beloit College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
700 College St
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
Phone
(608) 363-2000
Email address
admissions@beloit.edu
School Information
"Beloit is historically renowned for both the humanities and the sciences, for its accredited art and anthropology museums, its international education, and integrative first-year program. As a small liberal arts college, your professors want to make meaningful relationships with you, with both sides learning from each other. Our flexible curriculum retains much of the spirit of the innovative Beloit Plan, a groundbreaking year-round curriculum from the 1960s that emphasized field studies and required off-campus terms. "Today, we ask students to take classes from five different areas, to learn how to write and research and question. Professors and peers alike expose you to people and stories from around the world and in our backyard. We ask you to challenge what you once believed to be true, to stretch the limits of what you thought possible. At Beloit, we ask you to observe and introspect, to educate and empathize, and to take these skills with you for the rest of your life." (Source: https://www.beloit.edu/our-story/our-history/)
General Information
Beloit College has amended its core values and disciplinary policy. The student Government, faculty, and administration will revise the “statement of culture” for all members of the campus community to follow. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Beloit's "Becoming Better" action plan states that it would "Build on our ongoing commitment to enroll and retain domestic Black students."
  • On June 29, 2023, Beloit's President and President-Elect issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads: "Despite this decision, which overturns previously held interpretations of these important guiding principles, Beloit College’s commitment to recruiting and enrolling a diverse student body is unwavering. Our graduates are proof that this effort empowers our students to lead fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility, and public contribution in a diverse society — our very mission."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On April 15, 2022, the college reported that the Office of Student Success, Equity, and Community offered a course to over 120 faculty/staff members as part of its professional development initiatives. The course taught how the "fundamentals of how interpersonal and systemic racism function."
  • Beloit's "Becoming Better" action plan states that the college would "provide anti-racist training to student leaders: residential assistants, organization officers, tutors, etc.," and would "continue to offer the anti-racist Advanced Mentoring Program (AMP) sessions for all first-year students."
  • Beloit's "Becoming Better" action plan states that the college would "ensure that Beloit faculty, staff, and trustees participate in educational and training opportunities to engage with issues of race, power, sex, privilege, anti-racism and anti-blackness."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Beloit College offers both a major and minor in "Critical Identity Studies" which investigates how "gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, dis/ ability, nation, non/religiosity, and region shape identities."
  • Beloit's "Becoming Better" action plan states that the college would "add courses and learning experiences to ensure that issues of race, sex, power, privilege, anti-racism, and anti-blackness are part of every Beloit student’s education."
Disciplinary Measures
  • Student Government, faculty, and administration will revise the “statement of culture” for all members of the campus community to follow.
  • As part of its Statement of Culture (contained within the College Student Handbook: Student Regulations and College Policies), the school said, "We, the students of Beloit College, expect all members of our community to practice anti-racism by continuing to unlearn internalized racist ideologies, follow institutional guidance to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, and contribute to a safe and vibrant campus life. We recognize that historically white institutions like Beloit College were created to serve the privileged and perpetuate white ways of knowing that can inflict violence towards nonwhite members. With this awareness, we endorse and are committed to actualizing the Student Demands put forward by Black Students United and working to create an anti-racist institution. We understand -isms and phobias, such as racism and transphobia, to be rooted in power, benefitting possessors of a dominant identity at the expense of those being marginalized."
  • The college has a web form where community members can report "bias incidents." The school says that bias incidents " may or may not be intended to cause harm." The school further defines bias incidents as "a verbal, written, or physical act of intolerance or prejudice that does not involve violence or other conduct violating college policy, but which threatens, intimidates, or marginalizes individuals or groups because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sexual orientation, ability status, ethnicity/national origin, physical characteristics, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and/or any other legally protected classification and lacks a reasonable relationship to an educational, political, and/or artistic end."
  • Beloit's "Becoming Better" action plan states that the college would "ensure our processes for handling hate acts, hate crimes, and bias incidents are clear, effective, and efficient," and would "continue to imbed restorative justice approaches into our policies and procedures."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • In all job listings, Beloit includes a statement on anti-racism. For instance, in its job listing for an "Alumni & Employer Relations Advisor," the college stated, "Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal arts education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity."
  • In a "Visiting Assistant Professor - Political Science" job listing, the college said, "Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution. We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at Beloit "seeks to produce a new generation of scholars and researchers that will more accurately reflect the growing diversity in intellectual perspectives, life experiences, and cultures represented in academia." One of the goals of the program is to "increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students in Ph.D. programs."
Resources
  • The college is hiring an "Arts and Anti-Racism Supervisor" to work "on Arts and Anti-Racism programming on campus."
Last updated June 26th, 2024
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