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Binghamton University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4400 Vestal Pkwy E
Binghamton, New York 13902
Phone
(607) 777-2000
Email address
admit@binghamton.edu
School Information
"The best public university in the Northeast: A world-class institution, Binghamton University offers students a broad, interdisciplinary education with an international perspective and one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation...Success breeds success, and what began as a small, liberal arts college is now a nationally recognized research institution with one of the two fastest-growing research programs in the state." (Source: https://www.binghamton.edu/about/)
General Information
Binghamton University's Libraries have released resources to help faculty, staff, and students "decolonize" their reading, which means putting less emphasis on Western classics. Additionally, the University took the symbolic step of declaring itself a "Predominantly White Institution", while also making a commitment to "audit" its library. The proposed audit has not yet been completed. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Resources
  • University Libraries will be releasing “a resource guide to help support all faculty, students and staff looking to decolonize their course curricula or learn about and research topics related to anti-racism, systemic racism and racial justice”.
  • The university library's resource guide includes sections on "Anti-Racism Resources: Where to Start," "Resources on Decolonizing Curricula," and "Anti-Racism Resources for Higher Education."
  • The Libraries’ Anti-racism Coalition Keepers Initiative's "Community Subcommittee has been fostering discussions on race among Libraries faculty and staff. They have coordinated a book club which has read Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility, Ruha Benjamin’s Race After Technology : Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. and is currently reading Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist. They have also developed channels for communication on Basecamp and Slack."
  • The Libraries’ Anti-racism Coalition Keepers Initiative's "Education/Resource Subcommittee is continuing to develop their subject guide. and have created three additional pages, a new 'special topics' section to add in pages that provide resources on more specific interest areas, and a searchable master list of all the materials referenced in the guide. The work of each subcommittee is detailed further on their individual pages."
  • The Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences created a "DEI Book Club to help Decker College faculty and staff learn how to actively be anti-racist." The group has read Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility."
  • The Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Initiatives (SADDI) website has a section with resources visitors can use to "educate yourself on diversity topics." Resource include the Binghamton University Library Anti-Racism and Resource Guide and "Critical Whiteness Studies."
  • The sociology department and other students groups "organized the town hall to provide a platform for an open discussion on racism at BU and in the community as a whole."
Symbolic Actions
  • University calls itself a “Predominantly White Institution” (PWI) and vows to audit its library.
  • The Binghamton Libraries Anti-Racism Coalition Keepers Initiative (BLACK Initiative) released an "Anti-racism Statement."
Last updated August 27th, 2022
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