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Clarkson University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
8 Clarkson Ave.
Box 5605
Potsdam, New York 13699
(315) 268-6480
Email address
School Information
Founded in 1896, “Clarkson is a private, national research university and proven leader in technological education and sustainable economic development. STEM intersects with our scholarship, research, innovation and teaching through more than 90 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and health professions. With our 4,800+ students, we ignite connections across disciplines, industries and social cultures to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and prepare the leaders of tomorrow” (Source:
General Information
Clarkson University has engaged in several efforts to make its school represent anti-racist and DEI-centric values. This includes the initiative to establish the Anti-Racism Institute. Furthermore, the school also hosts the Anti-racism Speaker Series. The school is working towards changing its curriculum to match these values as well. At this time, no CRT training is currently required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Office for Teaching and Learning for Diversity and Inclusion hosts "workshops dedicated to classroom management, syllabus design, pedagogy enhancement, and negotiating the kinds of issues and problems even experienced faculty face while trying to create a diverse, safe, and welcoming classroom atmosphere conducive for effective learning."
Program and Research Funding
  • Clarkson University announced on September 15, 2022 that “a $10K grant from the Northern New York Library Network will fund a first-of-its-kind project at Clarkson University.” This will fund the “Reckoning with Race and Racism in Healthcare and Medicine” project.
  • Clarkson University offers a list of resources on anti-racism, inclusion, bias, and other topics.
  • Clarkson University LIbraries has a page dedicated to Black Lives Matter & Racial Justice which suggests students to “try an anti-racism or privilege checklist.”
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 11, 2021, it was announced that Clarkson University appointed Augustine Lado as “Senior Advisor to President Tony Collins on Anti-Racism for the coming year.” Lado will focus on “establishing university-wide Anti-Racism Institute (an academic unit for fostering scholarship, teaching and learning, and outreach about anti-racism); supporting our efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty and staff; facilitating curricular and co-curricular innovations to promote inclusive excellence; and creating a more safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.”
  • On November 4, 2021, Clarkson University announced the continuation of its“Anti-racism Speaker Series” through several panel discussions.
  • The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office’s Climate & Engagement Committee “serves as the university committee to review and advise on issues of diversity, inclusion, climate and engagement.”
  • The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office is home to the Diversity and Inclusion 5 committee, which is “comprised of the five areas of Chief Inclusion Officer, the Director of Teaching & Learning, the Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, the Associate Vice President of Student Success, Diversity & Inclusion and the Chief Human Resources & Employee Inclusion Officer” who all work to carry out the strategic plan.
  • Clarkson University’s strategic plan, Clarkson at 125, incorporates a goal to “increase the number of underrepresented students and staff.” The strategic plan is “focused on recruitment, retention, onboarding, training, professional development, programming, curriculum and institutional change management.
Last updated April 13th, 2024
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