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Colorado College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
14 E, W Cache La Poudre St
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
Phone
(719) 389-6000
School Information
"Welcome to intensive learning that expands through and beyond the Rocky Mountain West—an exceptional location where adventure threads into each day. Welcome to the Block Plan, where you’ll take one class at a time for 3 ½ weeks...Welcome to block breaks: four days to relax...Welcome to a vibrant community—a community of around 2,000 students eager to communicate, debate, defend, think, and engage...Welcome to 32 blocks of curiosity, adventure, and imagination—to the moment for unearthing your passions, exploring and understanding the world, and your individual growth...Welcome to Colorado College. Enjoy the ride." (Source: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/basics/welcome/)
General Information
Colorado College has changed its curriculum to fit its anti-racist objectives. The college has implemented new curriculum requirements, which would replace the current Western intellectual tradition requirements. Additionally, it has received a sizeable donation to fund various "anti-racist" initiatives. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • “West in Time” curriculum requirement will be replaced by a two-block “Equity and Power” requirement.
  • The college will "Establish antiracism, equity, and inclusion as foundational to our community expectations...This goal will include a review and revision of the college mission and our core values to ensure that they communicate our priorities in this realm."
  • The College set out to, "Create new curriculum that incorporates and encourages the development of courses and learning opportunities that challenge racism and racist legacies in the U.S., globally, and in academic disciplines" and "Develop one course in each of six 'Learning across the Liberal Arts' categories," as well as conducting "a curriculum review and mapping process to address gaps and ensure that principles of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism are helping to guide course offerings across the entire curriculum." The College announced, "New general education program and curricular requirements were enacted in May 2019 and apply to students who started in the 2020-21 academic year." It also said, "The curriculum review and mapping process was completed in the 2020-21 academic year."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The college also said, "Staff professional development as they relate to antiracism efforts will be assessed and modified, and incorporated into employment processes."
  • The school said that it will, "Implement new hiring practices across the college to make diversity a priority and to minimize implicit bias."
Program and Research Funding
  • College received $575,000 from the Sachs Foundation to forward College's "antiracist initiative".
  • "The college will continue to award faculty grants to develop new courses or redesign existing courses to diversify the curriculum, with a specific focus on including and addressing issues of equity, power, inequality, and diverse experiences."
  • "On-campus internships – with the opportunity to earn academic credit – as well as summer research, service, and student employment opportunities, will be established for students who work on the antiracism initiative."
  • The College announced that it will, "Provide grants for students to work on specific action steps for the antiracism initiative" and "Establish internship, research, service, and employment opportunities for students to work on the antiracism initiative."
Resources
  • The College created three new leadership positions.
  • The college announced that, "The Crown Faculty Center will create a shared foundational understanding of race, racism, and racialization -- including fostering a shared language and increasing institution-wide antiracist communication -- and enhance opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations."
  • The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Team started an Antiracist Book Club. The club will read " Critical Race Theory: An Introduction," among other works.
  • The College's Butler Center launched its "Dismantling Hate: An Educational Series Toward Understanding and Action" series for the 2021-2022 school year. One event in the series is "Antiracism 101."
  • The College has a Diversity & Equity Advisory Board, which is a group that was formed to "serve as an advisory group to the President of the College and the Cabinet on all matters related to diversity and equity regarding faculty and staff."
Last updated September 8th, 2022
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