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Centenary College of Louisiana

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2911 Centenary Boulevard
Shreveport, Louisiana 71104
(318) 869-5131
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School Information
"Centenary College of Louisiana is a selective, residential, national liberal arts college. Founded in 1825 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River" (Source: Centenary has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 550 students. The college offers 24 majors within 14 fields of study. The student to faculty ratio is 9 to 1.
General Information
Centenary has enacted numerous programs to support diversity. Namely, a Diversity Committee was created and this committee oversees the college's progress in diversity initiatives. A Diversity Week programming was also created. At this time, diversity training is being developed and is offered. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • CCL's 2023-2024 Diversity Committee has been updated and the webpage states that the committee "develops and implements an ongoing plan that promotes a culture for valuing diversity on campus" and that the plan "should recommend strategies to increase recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students."
  • Centenary's 2023 Strategic Plan states that in order to "ensure a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable student body," the college would "implement data-informed decisions and actions to increase enrollment, retention, persistence, and graduation."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Diversity Committee is charged to "provide ongoing diversity training for campus leaders, including administration, faculty, staff, and students."
  • CCL created a document for teachers titled "Faculty Diversity Workshop Strategies for Creating a More Supportive College Classroom" which recommends the following methodologies: "Approach topics of diversity with the historically marginalized student in mind" and "Include the college’s diversity statement on your syllabus."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its Inclusive Excellence Initiatives, CCL would "[i]ncrease student and faculty engagement with...programs inclusive of a curriculum review of utilization of diverse scholar voices, diverse experiences, and inclusive pedagogy, as well as strategies for implementation."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Diversity Committee at CCL provides an "Incident Report Form" and states, "If you, or someone you know, has experienced or observed incidents of intolerance, hate speech, or bias based on any category of diversity that you or they may represent including but not limited to ability, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender expression, please report it using the form below."
  • Centenary's "Student Diversity Intern program and the Diversity Committee made up of faculty, staff, and students help plan and lead efforts to promote and celebrate diversity at the College and in the community at large." Many programs for diversity and inclusion are offered.
  • Centenary offers both diversity resources to students and diversity syllabi/reading lists for faculty.
  • Centenary offers Diversity Week programming.
  • On February 21, 2022, the college held an event titled "A Critical Conversation on Race: Exploring systemic racism, prejudice, and bias through meaningful discourse."
  • The Social Sciences Department of CCL initiated a project titled "The Intersectionality of African American College Students and Their Relationship to American Patriotism," which "analyzes portions of literature on Critical Race Theory, the Double Consciousness, and Patriotism to create a picture of how African American students navigate the American Identity in a time of Political Chaos."
  • CCL's "Faculty Diversity Workshop Additional Resources and Reading List" document includes: "Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching in College," "Enacting Diverse Learning Environments: Improving the Climate for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education," and "Diversity Across the Curriculum: A Guide for Faculty in Higher Education."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Diversity Committee will "handle diversity-related disputes or issues on campus."
  • The Diversity Committee will "improve campus programs and policies regarding diversity, where appropriate."
  • On February 2, 2022, CCL released a "Statement on HBCU bomb threats" which reads as follows: "Centenary College of Louisiana stands in solidarity with HBCU campuses across the country. We denounce and condemn the recent bomb threats to those institutions, especially at a time when we celebrate the contributions, achievements, and accomplishments of African-Americans in Black History Month.  The recent threats are a reminder of the hatred and racism that continues to be pervasive in our country."
Last updated May 7th, 2024
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