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Brigham Young University – Hawaii

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
55-220 Kulanui St
Laie, Hawaii 96762
(808) 675-3211
Email address
School Information
Brigham Young University Hawaii is a small, academically challenging university (approximately 2400 students) emphasizing the liberal arts together with professional programs in business, education and computer technologies. The University services an international student body: Approximately 50 percent of the students come from over 70 countries outside the United States, primarily from Asia and the Pacific. BYU-Hawaii is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
General Information
Brigham Young University Hawaii offers two optional classes focused on race and anti-racism. The university's student newspaper published two articles highlighting racist incidents and promoting conversations on race. There is no evidence BYUH requires any critical race theory-related training of its students or faculty.

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Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The "Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" course is a program requirement for the BSW in Social Work at Brigham Young.
  • BYUH offers a 3-credit class called "Gender, Race, and Culture." It "Examines the relationship between culture, gender and race. Explores how culturally gendered and racialized systems are communicated in daily life and influence power relationships and views of gender and race in society."
  • On August 6, 2020, BYUH Academic Advising announced plans for a 1-credit class on "anti-racism" taught by Dr. David Beus, an associate professor in the Faculty of Culture, Language, and Performing Arts. This course is not required.
  • The Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion course at BYU Hawaii "will familiarize students with the concept of anti-racism and explore various issues surrounding the concept of diversity" and "the importance of equity and inclusion of all will be stressed."
  • BYU's Pacific Studies Minor includes an elective course titled "Anti-Racism and Belonging: Pacific Dialogue."
Last updated May 3rd, 2024
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