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Bowling Green State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0085
Phone
(419) 372-2531
Email address
choosebgsu@bgsu.edu
School Information
"Bowling Green State University provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. Within our transformative learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world." The university enrolls over 19,100 students, has an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and over 180 undergraduate major programs. (Source: https://www.bgsu.edu/about.html) (Source: https://www.bgsu.edu/academics.html)
General Information
Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has not yet implemented an school-wide antiracism program. However, the school has increased the amount and promotion of antiracist resources. Most recently, the university has hosted a workshop entitled, "Introduction to Identity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism", which will "help people recognize and acknowledge their own thoughts, actions, and attitudes. As well as begin to make small changes in their daily lives with the goal of eradicating racism and the pernicious effects of all iterations of racism in their lives and in others." No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers diversity education through an Inclusive Leadership Certificate program with sessions on “intercultural communication,” “social norms and microaggressions,” “power and privilege,” and “social justice.”
  • On April 7th, 2022, the Center for Faculty Excellence will be providing a Diversity and Belonging Workshop on “Microaggressions in Times of Trauma: Engaging Empathy with Colleagues as a Form of Anti-Racism.”
  • The Division of Diversity and Belonging offers multiple workshops and inclusive pedagogy on “implicit bias, racism, oppression, power and privilege,” and “various forms of injustice (e.g. microaggressions, power-based personal violence, etc.).”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Following the discussions from the protests of 2020, the school’s Board of Trustees is planning a new course, BGSU 1914 tentatively, as “a required course that would cover democracy and cultural diversity.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The BGSU professor who teaches a course on Critical Race Theory, has launched a weekly podcast in conjunction with course ETHN 6800 to “give the public insight into the subject” and showcase those being anti-Critical Race Theory as being “uninformed.”
Resources
  • The university has hosted a workshop entitled, "Introduction to Identity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism", which will "help people recognize and acknowledge their own thoughts, actions, and attitudes. As well as begin to make small changes in their daily lives with the goal of eradicating racism and the pernicious effects of all iterations of racism in their lives and in others."
  • The Division of Diversity and Belonging has numerous university diversity and inclusion committees, initiatives, programs, plans, and resources on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • The College of Musical Arts at the school provides a list of resources on diversity, anti-racism, and critical race theory including articles by Ibram X Kendi.
Last updated November 30th, 2022
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