Critical Race Training in Education

College of the Holy Cross


Mailing Address
1 College St
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
(508) 793-2011
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School Information
"The College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution and is ranked among the nation's leading four year liberal arts colleges." The college has 330 faculty and 2997 students. Holy Cross also has multiple major programs, the most popular being: economics, psychology, political science, English, and biology. (Source:
General Information
The College of the Holy Cross has taken steps to embed social justice into its curriculum. The university announced that it would commence development of a "social justice" curriculum requirement. Development of the requirement has not yet been completed, and whether this requirement will contain elements of C.R.T. is not yet known. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Development of a “social justice” curriculum requirement.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Created a guidebook, How to Create An Anti-Racism Action Plan, with input from the Aspen Institute. "INTRODUCTIONWe are called in the current moment to actively move from non-racist thinking to anti-racist actions. This guide is targeted for those who are beginners to engaging in anti-racism work. Our goal is to illuminate that in order to do this work thoughtfully, we both need to be reflective in how prepared we are to engage with anti-racism work and that we need to have a concrete action plan to live by our commitments. This guide broadly focuses on racial justice. However, we have built in, and encourage, particular focus on anti-Black racism. Anti-racism planning needs to be intentional, and it will take time and thoughtfulness. We encourage users to be self-reflective and be attentive to areas of growth."

  • Resources

    The College is committed to promoting dialogue and action around race, racism and anti-racism. This website will serve as a resource to engage with the work of anti-racism.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Holy Cross released a 40-point anti-racist action plan in 2020, including: • Devoting funds for faculty to develop new courses, or to significantly revise existing courses, around topics of race, racism and anti-racism. • Continuing to enhance the College’s efforts to recruit diverse communities of students, faculty and staff, with strategies including expanding the use of “Mission and Diversity Search Ambassadors” for student-facing and high-impact hires at the College. • Providing new opportunities for training, education and anti-racist action planning for students, faculty and staff.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Removed the name of the founder of the college from a residence hall.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    Hosted DeRay McKesson for a talk about activism and policing.

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    Racial Justice Focused Community Organizations: We encourage all community members to contribute to organizations advocating for change. Thanks to students, faculty, staff and alumni who have shared information with us about community organizations that are advocating for racial justice. The list of suggested organizations is available here. If you are involved in a community organization that works on racial justice, please let us know via this form.

Last updated April 16th, 2021