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Brigham Young University

Undergraduate School

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:

Actions Taken

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."
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."
  • BYU Sociology 112 professor assigned a Critical Race Theory activity by having her students conduct a “Revealing Whiteness Activity.” The assignment cited “White Fragility” author Robin DiAngelo’s work on Critical Race Theory, White Privilege, and definition of “Whiteness” as unequivocal facts.
Program and Research Funding
  • An anti-racist activation program focused on educating students on the history of racism and white supremacy in the United States, “A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth,” met with BYU athletics teams and coaches in October 2021 to “help participants become not just non-racist, but actively anti-racist.”
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."
  • On February 3, 2021, BYU hosted a panel discussion on the Kennedy Center’s Book of the Semester, “How to Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi.
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.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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