Critical Race Training in Education

Brigham Young University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
D-155 ASB, Campus Dr
Provo, Utah 84604
Phone
(801) 422-4636
Email address
admissions@byu.edu
School Information
"The mission of Brigham Young University — founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life... A BYU education should be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service." The university enrolls over 33,500 students and has over 180 undergraduate majors, over 100 undergraduate minors, over 80 master's programs, and over 30 doctoral programs. (Source: https://www.byu.edu/about) (Source: https://www.byu.edu/facts-figures)
General Information
BYU has established a committee on Race, Equity, and Belonging. The committee aims to "understand both the subtle and overt ways that racism may impact individual thought and interactions, organizational units, processes, policies, practices, procedures, and operations.” The committee is now submitting its recommendation to the university president to promote equity. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    BYU's committee aims to "understand both the subtle and overt ways that racism may impact individual thought and interactions, organizational units, processes, policies, practices, procedures, and operations.” The committee is now submitting its recommendation to the university president to promote equity.

  • Resources

    Brigham Young University's race committee has recommended the university "Create a central Office of Diversity and Belonging at the university charged with strategic planning and implementation of initiatives to assist students and employees with issues related to race, equity, and belonging."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The committee also recommended the university "Create a new position of vice president for diversity and belonging who reports directly to the president, is a member of the President’s Council, and who oversees the Office of Diversity and Belonging."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The committee recommended the university "Develop and implement extensive diversity and inclusion training programs and resources for faculty, staff, and administrators. This training would be facilitated by the Office of Diversity and Belonging."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The committee recommended the university "Commit to changes to general education, religion, and elective courses that educate students on race, unity, and diversity."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The committee recommended that the university "Encourage colleges and departments to adopt statements on race, equity, and belonging that can be used in college and department operations and communications."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The committee recommended the university "Establish a standing university committee dedicated to advancing racial understanding, enhancing equity, and promoting belonging for BIPOC communities at BYU."

  • Admissions Policies

    The committee recommended the university "Design and implement a race-conscious recruitment strategy to attract more BIPOC student applicants to BYU." The committee also recommended the university "Invite the Office of the General Counsel to evaluate the legal parameters of a race-conscious admissions model for BYU, in the interest of pursuing an enriched environment for the student body."

Last updated March 31st, 2021