Critical Race Training in Education

Brooklyn College

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11210
Phone
(718) 951-5000
School Information
"Brooklyn College has a student enrollment of 17,811 students—14,970 undergraduates and 2,841 graduates—who come from 143 nations and speak 92 languages. The college offers 176 undergraduate degree, graduate degree, certificate, and advanced certificate and diploma programs in business; education; the humanities and social sciences; natural and behavioral sciences; and visual, media, and performing arts. More than 4,000 students received bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as certificates and advanced certificates and diplomas, at our last Commencement Ceremony." (Source: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/about.php)
General Information
Brooklyn College has not yet formally embedded Critical Race Theory into its students' education. However, the College has offered a "professional development" training session to faculty whose classes have the highest grade disparities between racial groups. The training is designed to illustrate the structural obstacles of minority students. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Faculty of classes with highest disparities will be offered a “professional development” training session to illustrate structural obstacles of minority students.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    As part of a School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership course ("SPCL 7922 Multicultural Counseling & Consultation in Schools"), there is a session called "Race & Racial Identity Development," where students must "post to the 'Exploring Whiteness & Racism' journal" and watch a video by "White Fragility" author Robin DiAngelo. During the session, students will "explore the construct of race and discuss several models of racial identity development. We will also discuss strategies for developing an antiracist racial identity."

  • Resources

    The College's Implementation Team for Racial Justice held "two listening sessions specifically focused on racial justice for faculty," according to the Brooklyn College Vanguard.

  • Program and Research Funding

    According to the Brooklyn College Vanguard, "Fundraising to support diversity initiatives at BC have also been made a priority. These initiatives include new programs, development of curriculum, research, training, release-time for outstanding service, and start-up packages for faculty."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    An email from the Implementation Team for Racial Justice "addressed the Team for Racial Injustice’s recommendations on the Diversity of the Curriculum, which placed an importance on developing courses in all subjects that relate to diversity issues. Thanks to this recommendation, each School is developing new courses related to diversity and equity. Psychology faculty are developing a course on Cultural Psychology to analyze racism and cultural diversity," according to the Brooklyn College Vanguard.

Last updated January 8th, 2022