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Clark Atlanta University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
223 James P. Brawley Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
(404) 880-6605
Email address
School Information
"Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African-American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African-Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African-American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions" (Source: Established in 1988, CAU offers Bachelor's, Master's, Specialist, and Doctoral degrees in 40 areas of study. The school has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,100. Its student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1.
General Information
CAU has recently been the recipient of two separate million dollar grant awards for initiatives related to racial equity and social justice. CAU recently created a training micro-credential for "Educating for Racial and Social Justice." At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training has been implemented. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On September 25th, 2021, CAU announced the launch of the "Educating for Racial and Social Justice" micro-credential training module.
Program and Research Funding
  • On May 16, 2021, CAU announced that the school's Executive Leadership Institute received a one million dollar Racial Equity Grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
  • On May 15, 2021, "the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) announced its new partnership with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) during the 2021 CAU Commencement Convocation-to establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Southern Civic Engagement, Leadership & Social Justice Institute (NCBCP TWD Social Justice Institute) and Southern Regional Office." This entails a one million dollar grant funding.
  • On June 17, 2021, it was announced that the school will "receive a $5 million grant from Google, designed to help create pathways and opportunities for increased diverse representation in the STEM industry." This will go towards "financial support for scholarships, technological infrastructure support, career readiness and curriculum development."
  • The Center for Social Reform, Equity and Innovation (Within CAU's School of Social Work) is a "policy and practice institute with a mission to improve the health and well-being of African American children and families" and is "guided by the Afrocentric perspective in providing direct practice, training, research, and policy commentaries to practitioners and stakeholders related to health, mental health, and community practice."
  • CAU states that "the newly combined Department of African American Studies, Africana Women's Studies and History offers three unique degrees and presents an unprecedented opportunity to create a community of scholars steeped in tradition, yet on the cutting edge of advancing critical race and gender scholarship."
  • On February 1, 2023, CAU reported that Professor Currie was "the only scholar from an HBCU" named one of the top 40 scholars by "Diverse" magazine. Currie stated, "'In my courses, I embed the values and practice techniques of the Afrocentric perspective and critical race theory also known in academic circles as critical race students (CRS), in the spirit of furthering decolonization of both our people and our social work practices'.”
  • CAU's School of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction Student Handbook includes a circle diagram titled "Conceptual Framework." Within the diagram it is written, "Content Knowledge Critical Race Theory Multicultural Education Social Reconstruction Global Focus" and "Social Responsibility Cultural Sensitivity Advocacy."
  • CAU offers a course titled "Multicultural and Global Education" (CEDC 408) which is described in part as follows: "Examines theories of multiculturalism and introduces critical race theory as a tool in critiquing elements of society and education. Overview research about the education of culturally diverse groups and promotes candidates’ skills in creating culturally compatible learning environments and implementing culturally responsive pedagogy."
Symbolic Actions
  • On May 30, 2020, CAU released a statement saying, "To the families, friends and loved ones of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, we extend our deepest sympathy. Our hearts ache for both the nation we have worked to make more just and equitable and for the city we love and call home. Through our grief for the countless known and unknown victims of systematic racism, we continue to pray that we can use this moment to shine light in our communities."
Last updated September 25th, 2023
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