Critical Race Training in Education

Boise State University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725
Phone
(208) 426-1000
School Information
Boise State is a Carnegie doctoral research university. With more than 22,000 students, it has the largest graduate school in the state of Idaho and grants about 46 percent of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by Idaho public universities each year. Its longstanding teaching mission and cutting-edge research program work hand in hand to provide the academic programs and innovative solutions that the modern economies in fast-growing Boise and the state of Idaho demand.
General Information
Boise State University does not appear to require critical race training for students yet. It does offer voluntary implicit bias training for faculty and staff (see details below). The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF), a free market think tank in Boise, issued a report in 2021 detailing Boise State University's dedication to social justice infused into every aspect of campus life. "Social Justice education at BSU is no longer in its infancy. It is heading toward maturity, spreading into hiring, policies, curriculum, and student life. BSU is adding to its social justice mission every year. We show this in several ways: • Administrators at BSU have repeatedly stated their commitment to developing a mature apparatus pushing social justice activism. • BSU has hired several administrators to push such initiatives since beginning its intentions to transform the university in Summer 2017. • Administrators have adopted policies in hiring and student experience to further the social justice cause and have announced a new emphasis on “inclusion and equity” throughout its colleges. • Social justice education has a significant presence in the General Education requirements at BSU. • Social justice ideology plays a sigificant part in at least 14 departments at BSU. • The Residence Hall experience is infused with social justice ideology, as is the Writing Center." (source: https://idahofreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Social-justice-in-Idaho-higher-education.pdf)

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    Boise State ended its campus safety contract with Boise Police, after demanding more oversight into police practices and more training in implicit bias.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    IFF reports the hiring requirements for faculty and staff: Hiring: BSU boasts that it offers its faculty “implicit bias training” as part of its recruitment efforts for new faculty. Best practices are to find candidates who satisfy the minimum qualifications and then allow diversity considerations to guide hiring. Human Resources also certifies all job pools against statistical measures to ensure that recruitment, application pools, interview pools, and final candidate pools are guided by adequate affirmative action. FACULTY TRAINING: In a letter in August of 2019, Interim President Schimpf explained his plan to use a grant to grow the Center for Teaching and Learning’s BUILD Forum. BUILD provides workshops and trainings “designed to recognize and reflect upon our perceptions around implicit bias in the classroom and workplace.” According to Schimpf, “dozens of faculty and staff have gone through the program and many more are in process — as many as there is capacity to accommodate.”

  • Resources

    The IFF report also contains this statement (pg 17): Students encounter social justice education throughout the curriculum at BSU. Students cannot avoid exposure to social justice education, though they can avoid American history, government, and literature.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    2019 letter from Interim President Schimpf, cited in the IFF report.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Student activists forced a coffee shop off campus for supporting police officers--the owner of the coffee shop is engaged to a cop who was paralyzed after being shot on duty.

  • Resources

    BSU offers a minor in Critical Theory.

  • Admissions Policies

    BSU offers a Language, Race, and Ethnicity Speaker Series.

  • Resources

    BSU offers a course in the Sociology Department on white privilege, critical race theory, and intersectionality.

Last updated June 29th, 2021