Critical Race Training in Education

Columbia University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
202 Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., MC 4309
New York, New York 10027
Phone
(212) 854-1754
Email address
ugrad-ask@columbia.edu
School Information
Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in New York City. Columbia is organized into twenty schools, with four undergraduate schools and 15 graduate schools. Undergraduate students have access to 68 different programs, as well as research opportunities. Columbia University has over 31,000 students across its twenty schools, as well as over 4,300 faculty. (Source: http://c250.columbia.edu/c250_celebrates/shaping_the_world/index.html) (Source: https://opir.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/Statistical%20Abstract/opir_enrollment_history.pdf) (Source: https://opir.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/content/Statistical%20Abstract/opir_faculty_history.pdf)
General Information
Columbia University's individual schools have been asked to draft anti-racist plans, although what the contents of those plans are is unclear. Additionally, the university provided questionable resources to its students, with the university's “Anti-Racism Scaffolding Resources” even asking students to feel guilty and actively "dismantle oppressive systems". Additionally, several names of on-campus buildings have been successfully removed. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Anti-Racist Plans will be drafted for Each School.

  • Resources

    University “Anti-Racism Scaffolding Resources” ask students to come in contact with racism, disintegrate their privilege (through guilt), reintegrate, achieve “pseudo-independence,” immerse themselves in anti-racist ideas, and become autonomous by dismantling oppressive systems.

  • Resources

    Club Presidents were required to undergo “Anti-Racism” training.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Bard Hall renamed after petition to remove medical school founder and slaveholder’s name from building is successful.

  • Resources

    Medical Center will be hosting an Anti-Racism Speaker Series.

  • Resources

    University held a five-week workshop for students who are "white-identified" to facilitate the "development of an antiracist lens".

  • Symbolic Actions

    The #CUBlackExcellence initiative "will highlight its most accomplished Black and African American student-athletes and celebrate its rich history of Black Excellence with an on-going virtual and social media campaign."

  • Resources

    The university will be hosting an event, "Reading Group: Anti-Racist Pedagogy Theory and Practice". The description reads, "Have you enacted anti-racist practices in your teaching? Are you looking for resources and support for engaging in anti-racist pedgagogical theory and practice? Join the CTL and peer instructors committed to learning more about and incorporating anti-racist pedagogy and practice."

Last updated February 13th, 2021