Critical Race Training in Education

Connecticut College

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
270 Mohegan Ave
New London, Connecticut 06320
Phone
(860) 447-1911
Email address
info@conncoll.edu
School Information
Founded in 1911, Connecticut College today is where liberal education is being redefined for the 21st century. Our Connections approach encourages students to ask personal and meaningful questions and explore answers by integrating courses from multiple disciplines, engaging in off-campus learning and sharing what they have learned with the larger community. Our graduates are prepared to be creative, adaptive thinkers ready to tackle the world’s most complex problems. About our students: 1,865 total undergraduate enrollment. 92% ranked in the top 20% of their high school class. 19% domestic students of color. 96% employed or in graduate school one year after graduation.
General Information
Connecticut College has established the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity: Building on several decades of scholarship that has pushed against the boundaries of traditional notions of knowledge production, the CCSRE offers an inter-, cross and anti-disciplinary approach to questions of power, difference, and social justice. Foundational themes are introduced in the gateway course AMS/HIS 206/EDU 223/CRE 209: Theorizing Race and Ethnicity. Additional cross-listed CRE courses are offered from faculty in history, French, sociology, Africana Studies, Latin American Studies and American studies. Students can also take many cross-listed classes in other departments. (source: http://conncoll.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Majors-Minors-Center-Certificates-and-Integrative-Pathways/Center-for-the-Critical-Study-of-Race-and-Ethnicity) In 2020, Connecticut College implemented mandatory anti-bias training for students, faculty, and campus security personnel. In addition, starting with the class of 2024, all students must take a course on Social Difference and Power to graduate. (source: https://www.conncoll.edu/equity-inclusion/action-plan/priorities-and-progress/anti-racist-education-and-action-c-2020/)

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    ANTI-RACIST EDUCATION AND ACTION (C. 2020) In the June 2020, Connecticut College expressed solidarity with global racial justice movements in response to a string of senseless killings of Black Americans by white police and vigilantes. Our community called on the College to prioritize the implementation of new anti-racist policies and practices. The following three priorities were established, based on the broad goals of the original Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, with a special focus on anti-racist education: campus safety and law enforcement; teaching and learning; and campus climate.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    Developed and implemented new multi-part training program on establishing anti-racist practices in campus safety. Delivered first training session on August 10, 2020; subsequent sessions being developed. Issued personal Anti-Racism Action Plan guidebooks to campus safety officers as a training tool. Invited Jeanne Milstein to engage in follow-up campus safety training sessions with NLPD and NLFD representatives.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    To address one of the first goals of our Equity and Inclusion Action Plan (1.2.1.a., 2.1.7., 3.1.1.) we will require all members of the Connecticut College community to complete an online program that offers foundational training around questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This online instruction is meant to be just the first step in a much larger effort to promote advanced dialogue and understanding across difference.

  • Admissions Policies

    Refocus the diversity portion of new student orientation, again starting with the Class of 2024, to include a more intentional focus on combating interpersonal racism within the campus community. Revamped new student orientation program to focus on anti-Black, and anti-BIPOC racism. Issuing Anti-Racism Action Plan guidebooks to new students.

  • Resources

    Ally Development resource list compiled by White CC Colleagues Committed to Anti-Racism. Racial Justice and Healing resource list compiled by the Psychology department. Sustainable Engagement in Anti-Racism resource list compiled by Student Counseling Services. Critical Study of Race resource list compiled by CCSRE. Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning resource list compiled by the Library. Revising DIEI website to include links to these and other resources.

  • Admissions Policies

    Required course for graduation, starting with class of 2024, from the Social Difference and Power curriculum. "The Social Difference and Power requirement ensures that all students engage in questions of social difference and power at least twice during their course of study at Connecticut College. Students may choose to take these courses at any time and may take them as part of their Connections general education courses, major or minor courses or electives. In Social Difference and Power courses, students will develop: a more informed understanding of systemic forms of inequality and underlying structures of power and their disproportionate impact on underrepresented and/or marginalized peoples and communities; deeper analyses of social identity and difference."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2015, Connecticut college canceled classes for one day and held mandatory campuswide conversations about racism, equity and inclusion.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Established a new Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion (DIEI). "John F. McKnight Jr. joined Connecticut College in 2016 as dean of institutional equity and inclusion. He is responsible for the overall vision and leadership of the work of equity and inclusion, and collaborates with leaders across campus to fulfill its commitment to full participation. He oversees the offices of the equity and compliance programs, gender and sexuality programs, race and ethnicity programs, and religious and spiritual programs."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    In 2018, Connecticut College issued a 28-page report, Equity and Inclusion Plan 2018-2025, that completely reimagined campus life and academic requirements.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Education Department views American education as a reflection of a set of political, economic and cultural relationships that reflect the dominant social arrangements of society. Teaching is therefore viewed as a political act. The goal of the Teacher Education Program is to produce critical educators who understand that one of the consequences of living in a pluralistic society is the existence of a variety of conflicting views of what it means to be educated. As such, it works to instill in students a sense of responsibility to participate in the political process by which educational policies are initiated, employed and resisted. The Department employs a social justice curriculum where students are expected to: (1) achieve excellence in their field, (2) understand classrooms as a reflection of larger social-political and economic forces, (3) develop critical and anti-bias pedagogies and, (4) to view the classroom as a dynamic and dialectical space.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Global Islamic Studies faculty are hosting a summer-long series of conversations for Connecticut College students, staff and faculty focused on critical questions about race, religion and politics that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront in the U.S. and the world. The series, “What Is the Pandemic Teaching Us? Critical Conversations hosted by Global Islamic Studies,” takes place every other Thursday at 4 p.m. through early August. The conversations take place virtually.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Several faculty members in the Education Department focus on critical theory and teaching for justice.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Connecticut College hosted a series of events to commemorate the 1619 Project, including a lecture: Khalil Gibran Muhammad exposes the ‘long arc of racial criminalization’ Khalil Gibran Muhammad Khalil Gibran Muhammad America’s story of mass incarceration “begins in the hulls of slave ships,” Khalil Gibran Muhammad told Connecticut College students, faculty and staff, with the transportation of the first captured Africans to the British North American colonies in 1619 commencing a 400-year “relationship of carcerality to moneymaking.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    Connecticut College co-hosted a panel discussion with Ibrahim X. Kendi on how to be an anti-racist.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Connecticut College offers courses in #BlackLivesMatter (CRE-166 and CRE-167)

Last updated April 15th, 2021