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Clayton State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Edgewater Hall
Morrow, Georgia 30260
Phone
(678) 466-4115
Email address
csuinfo@clayton.edu
School Information
"As universities go, Clayton State is young. That may be why we understand dreams so well. On this campus and in our classes, we see the dreams and hopes of past generations becoming our day-to-day reality. Each year, since first opening our doors in 1969, we build on those new realities, supporting dream after dream with resources, facilities, an encouraging community, and traditions that unite us under a banner of Laker pride" (Source: https://www.clayton.edu/about/history-and-traditions/). The university features over 200 full time faculty members and a total enrollment of over 7,000 students. 35 undergraduate, 8 graduate, and 6 associate degree programs are offered. The school's student to faculty ratio weighs in at 19 to 1.
General Information
Clayton State's Department of Social Sciences has taken several steps to incorporate DEI initiatives. In addition, a few courses offered discuss the concepts of diversity. At this time, no campus wide Critical Race Training is mandated. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Clayton's 2027 Strategic Plan states that it would "[e]xecute [a] targeted recruitment plan for key audiences including dual-enrollment, adult, and underrepresented populations."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Department of Social Sciences made a commitment to DEI and outlined various initiatives it plans on enacting. One such initiative is "encouraging faculty and staff participation in professional development opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion."
  • The Diversity and Leadership Institute at CSU is a "professional development opportunity for individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to exchange information, dialogue, and engage in critical thinking exercises." Through presentations and activities, "participants will hopefully become more aware of their identities, biases, and societal positions as well as enhance their multicultural competency, and leadership skill-set; in addition, apply information and behaviors learned to social, classroom, and professional settings."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Department of Social Sciences commits to "integrating content in curriculum and courses to address issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Department of Social Sciences commits to "partnering with Human Resources to educate search committee members on inclusive and equitable hiring practices."
Program and Research Funding
  • Ideal candidates for CSU's "Undergraduate Outreach & Prevention Internship Program" are "enthusiastic, organized, creative, interested in issues of diversity and multiculturalism, and possess excellent communication skills."
  • CSU's "OneGoal" program seeks to support low-income high school students as they endeavor to move on to higher education. According to CSU, "those from low-income communities, the majority of whom are students of color, face enormous systemic barriers to earn their degrees, an injustice made worse by COVID-19." (March 15, 2022)
  • On October 26, 2020, CSU announced that it has "committed [$5,000] toward student scholarships as part of a statewide project of the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC) to increase the number of Black male nurses in Georgia."
  • On August 9, 2022 CSU announced that it received "over $650,000 in federal grant funds to improve STEM retention and graduation rates" from the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) which is "designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominately minority-serving institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly women, into scientific and technological careers."
Resources
  • Clayton State offers several "Multicultural Programs" which "advocate and support the needs of underrepresented student populations; educate the campus about diversity and social issues; and prepare the campus community for global leadership and citizenship."
  • As part of the English Major Portfolio requirements, student's need to demonstrate the following outcome: "Interpret texts from various perspectives by using close readings supported by textual evidence and informed by critical theory."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 4, 2020, CSU highlighted a podcast where a faculty member discussed "systemic racism and its effect on African-Americans."
  • The Department of Social Sciences commits to "directly addressing instances of racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and/or religious intolerance manifested through structures, policies, practices, norms, and values as they arise within the university community."
Last updated May 9th, 2024
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