Critical Race Training in Education

Bowdoin College


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Brunswick, Maine 04011
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School Information
"Bowdoin College is historic. And selective. And rigorous. But most importantly, we were founded and endowed with the belief that there is something bigger than ourselves. What does it mean for a college to do the right thing? It means building a curriculum that stretches what’s expected of the liberal arts. A Bowdoin education brings context, history, integrity, and empathy to the world around us." (Source: h
General Information
In addition to providing Black Lives Matter "wellness" resources to its students, Bowdoin College has also expanded the scope of its "Common Good" program, allowing students to submit projects related to equity and anti-racism. Additionally, the College implemented a new academic requirement, the "Difference, Power, and Equity" requirement. The college also rolled out a DiversityEdu course "to establish a common diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) understanding..." for the "...entire Bowdoin community—students, faculty, staff, and trustees." Based on publicly available information, this training appears to be strongly encouraged, but it is not explicitly clear whether it is mandatory. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Program and Research Funding

    “Common Good” grant program will accept applications for projects that relate to justice, equity, and anti-racism, among other subjects.

  • Resources

    The college will be offering, as part of its health and wellness program, Black Lives Matter and anti-racism programs/events.

  • Resources

    The college’s museum of art hosted a webinar on “Protest Art and Black Lives Matter”.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The College renamed the "Explore Social Differences" requirement as the "Difference, Power and Inequity" requirement.

  • Program and Research Funding

    College fundraised to hire new Director of Multicultural Alumni Engagement.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The college rolled out a "baseline diversity course" supported by "DiversityEdu" which will work to "establish a common diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) understanding across our community" for all students, staff, faculty, and trustees.

Last updated March 31st, 2021