Skip to content

Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate School

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:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Mandatory Intersectional Orientation Training for Incoming students.
  • New DEI initiatives at the university’s Language Technologies Institute include increased training and education in the LTI Mentoring Program and developing “policies, procedures, and structures related to admissions, recruiting, hiring, evaluation, retention, reward and promotion for students, staff, and faculty” toward greater diversity.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Anti-racism, Anti-sexism, Racial bias cultural competency requirements for graduation.
  • Cultural Competency required course will look at “Power” and “Privilege.”
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.
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".
  • 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."
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides an Anti-Racism Resource Guide created by CMU's Graduate Student Assembly.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • In April of 2022, the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University celebrated Diversity Month with programming to highlight the diversity of the community and “center the responsibility to counter our biases.”
Symbolic Actions
  • CMU has named its inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • In September of 2022, Uji Anya, an untenorred anti-racist professor at Carnegie Mellon University, defended her comments celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s death and wishing “her pain be excrutiating” by stating, “if anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.” The university issued a statement saying that while it does not “condone the offensive and objectionable messages,” they will not be punishing the professor since “free expression is core to the mission of higher education.”
  • The Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University “is committed to engaging a diverse and connected global community, and to upholding the principle of equity, which, as a partner to excellence, is the foundation for ensuring that faculty, staff, and students have opportunities to succeed and thrive.”
  • On March 3rd, 2022, the English department at Carnegie Mellon University hosted a Virtual Panel on Race and Pedagogy with Panelists Carmen Kynard, Keith Gilyard, and April Baker-Bell. The speakers “shared their experiences with, and research on, systemic racism rooted in education.” In addition, “the speakers encouraged attendees to think critically about how educators can approach writing pedagogy and communication with students, specifically through the lens of Black linguistic justice.”
  • Carnegie Mellon University hosted Ibram X. Kendi for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture. Ibram X Kendi is an Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and founding director of the Boston University Center for Anti-racist Research.
Last updated October 13th, 2022
©2022 Critical Race Training in Education. All rights reserved.