Critical Race Training in Education

Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Phone
(412) 268-2000
Email address
admission@andrew.cmu.edu
School Information
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a private research university based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The university has seven colleges and independent schools, all of which offer interdisciplinary programs: the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, Tepper School of Business, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and the School of Computer Science. CMU has over 14,500 students and 1,300 faculty. (Source: https://www.cmu.edu/about/)
General Information
Carnegie Mellon University has taken multiple steps to require students to study elements of Critical Race Theory. Mandatory intersectional orientation training was implemented for incoming students. Additionally, the university has implemented an "anti-racism, anti-sexism, and racial bias" cultural competency requirement for graduation. Furthermore, a required course for students, which has been launched, will look into power and privilege. See developments below:

Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Mandatory Intersectional Orientation Training for Incoming students.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Anti-racism, Anti-sexism, Racial bias cultural competency requirements for graduation.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Cultural Competency required course will look at “Power” and “Privilege.”

  • Resources

    CMU's School of Architecture will host its first "Anti-Racist School of Architecture Virtual Symposium" which will focus on the "intersection of architecture, race, and education".

  • Symbolic Actions

    CMU has named its inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Faculty/Staff Requirements

    The university is hiring for a faculty position in "Anti-Racist & Equitable Practices in Theatre." The university said, "Applicants should have training/experience in instructing or facilitating workshops around anti-racism, anti-oppression, equitable practices, and decolonial practices in theatre and education; proven capacity to craft, build, and instruct/facilitate effective courses and sessions based on that training; and a proven record of leading expansive discussions and crafting a welcome learning environment for a diverse and potentially cross-generational community," in its listing in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university's Information Networking Institute made a commitment to anti-racism, saying, "At the INI, we recognize that supporting anti-racism is not a question of politics or ideology, but rather humanity. We must all do our part to end racial injustice once and for all." The school urged its community members to, "Make a Personal Commitment to Anti-Racism" and "Recognize that it is a privilege for some members of our community to educate themselves about racism, rather than experience it firsthand."

  • Resources

    The university's Robotics Institute has curated a list of anti-racism resources, including "The Anti-Racism Project: Resources" and Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist."

  • Resources

    The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides an Anti-Racism Resource Guide created by CMU's Graduate Student Assembly.

  • Resources

    After the Derek Chauvin verdict, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer released a list of "Anti-Racism and Racial Justice" resources, including "Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism (Fractured Atlas)" and "103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice."

  • Resources

    The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion suggested that community members "identify the anti-racist organizers in your community and ask how you can help."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Counseling and Psychological Services released a mission statement, which partially reads, "Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) recognizes that the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work and counseling are entrenched in supremacist ideology that has caused significant harm to marginalized communities. At CaPS, we intentionally work toward the undoing of white supremacist ideology in our clinical work by actively engaging in socially-just, anti-racist practice."

Last updated January 8th, 2022