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Colorado State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
102 Administration Building 0100 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0100
Phone
(970) 491-6444
Email address
admissions@colostate.edu
School Information
"Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent. (...) "As a leading public research university, Colorado State has the breadth of programs to address the wide range of issues facing society. As a land-grant university, we have the focus to pragmatically deal with these issues and develop the education, research, and outreach programs to make our world a better place." (Source: https://about.colostate.edu/)
General Information
Although the university has not yet taken steps to embed critical race theory into its main operations, university leaders have taken overtly political steps to advocate for anti-racist ideas. For instance, university leaders officially posted articles calling for the defunding of police. Additionally, CSU has also taken the symbolic step of launching its ‘Black Lives Matter’ programming with mural at Visual Arts Building. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university has a Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity (RISE) program, which brings together people "interested in advancing community-engaged research to transform practices, pedagogies, policies, and leadership for intersectional racial justice and equity in PK-12 and postsecondary educational institutions." The program's website says, "Using an intersectional lens, the Center understands racism as a system that is intertwined with other structures of oppression (e.g., sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) that functions to (re)produce social injustices. "In alignment with CSU’s land-grant mission, the Center works collaboratively and in partnership with communities of praxis to identify, analyze, disrupt, and redress the effects of structural and systemic racism on individuals and communities in schools and universities, as well as educational practices and policies."
  • "Colorado State University's diversity course requirement for all students to graduate, titled 'Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,' will now be graded, in part, on 'student engagement in dialogue,'" Campus Reform reports.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • University Leaders officially posted articles calling for the defunding of police.
  • The university's website featured the Fort Collins Anti-Racism Network, which is "a new group that seeks to help end racism. They are holding gatherings as they design the group dynamic and future anti-racism work."
Resources
  • The School of Education is "hosting sessions dedicated to inclusive pedagogical practices in the 2021 Diversity Symposium." The symposium "is a five-day-long conference featuring keynote speakers, live Zoom meetings, and webinars to come together as a community to explore and learn around topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice."
  • Colorado State University, Pueblo held an Anti-Racism Workshop with two sessions: "Change Begins With You: Strategies For Everyday Anti-Racist Action" and "Educate To Liberate: Tools for Teaching Writing In the Anti-Racist Classroom."
Symbolic Actions
  • CSU launches ‘Black Lives Matter’ programming with mural at Visual Arts Building
Last updated September 3rd, 2022
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