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Berry College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW
Mount Berry, Georgia 30149
(706) 236-2215
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School Information
"Nationally recognized for academic excellence and extraordinary value, Berry is an independent, coeducational college of approximately 2,100 students. For more than a century the College has offered a comprehensive liberal arts education that balances intellectual exploration, practical learning and character development. Founded by Martha Berry in 1902 as the Boys Industrial School with the mission of providing educational opportunity to poor children of the rural South, Berry became a four-year coeducational college in 1926. Historically nondenominational, the College embraces such Christian principles as inclusivity and service, encourages examination of faith and values, and is welcoming and respectful to those from all religious backgrounds. Berry offers exceptional undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and social sciences (42 majors and 38 minors), as well as undergraduate and masters opportunities in business and teacher education" (Source: Over 75 areas of study are offered. Berry hosts a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
General Information
Berry held lectures and discussion groups hosting Ibram X. Kendi, the author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist." The college also created a Student Diversity Initiatives Program. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Theory is being implemented. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Berry's Strategic Plan states that it would "[i]ncrease the number of students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds to enhance the campus culture and curriculum."
  • On July 20, 2023, Berry College News reported that the college hosted "more than 25 high school college advisors from the Georgia College Advising Corps." GCAC "works in underserved high schools throughout Georgia to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students who attend and complete higher education."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Diversity and Belonging offer several training sessions for faculty, staff, and students including: "Inclusive Leadership," "Bias Challenges," and "What is DEIB [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging]."
  • Berry's Office of Diversity and Belonging and the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce have partnered to offer "Good Neighbor Trainings' which "approach DEIB [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging] in a meaningful way that meets each participant where they are at." The Trainings are offered "monthly, campus-wide, and to Rome Floyd Chamber members in the Berry College Intercultural Center."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Office of Diversity and Belonging has a "Bias Response" page and states, "If you have experienced or witnessed a dignity violation at Berry College, please make a report at the following link."
Program and Research Funding
  • On May 19, 2022, Berry announced that "Berry College Assistant Professor of Data Analytics Thema Monroe-White recently received a $405,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate how structural racism harms science." 
  • Berry College offers "racial justice and anti-racism resources."
  • Berry hosted Ibram X. Kendi, the author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist," for lectures and discussion groups.
  • Berry hosts a Student Diversity Initiatives Program which "provides an educational program that prepares Berry College students to contribute to and succeed in a multicultural and global society" specifically aimed towards international students.
  • Berry College opened the Berry Intercultural Center in February of 2022 as a "safe and welcoming space for marginalized student populations and allies intent on building an inclusive community."
  • Berry has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which houses the Student Diversity Initiatives program and the Intercultural Center.
  • The Office of Diversity and Belonging at Berry created the "D & B Blueprint" handbook which outlines Berry's culture of belonging at the college.
  • Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing Mia Escott joined the Berry College faculty in 2022 and her research and teaching interests include: "early modern British Literature, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare, Critical Race Theory, and Women’s and Gender Studies."
  • The teaching and research interests of Mia Escott, Assistant Professor of English, include "Critical Race Theory and Women’s and Gender Studies."
Symbolic Actions
  • Berry hosts a Solidarity Week which "is a student-led initiative that aims to acknowledge, educate, and celebrate the diversity in the Berry College community and foster a greater sense of solidarity across the campus."
  • Berry released a statement of solidarity in response to the death of George Floyd.
Last updated April 26th, 2024
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