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East Carolina University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
East 5th St
Greenville, North Carolina 27858
(252) 328-6131
School Information
Throughout our history, the broad missions of teaching, research, and service have helped to guide the university and will continue to do so. However, as East Carolina University begins a new century, five specific dimensions of our mission will give sharper focus to our work. When considered in the context of our tradition, resources, and national reputation, these five areas provide the university with important opportunities for greater service and distinction in the coming decade. Assuring Access: Our resources and programs exist first and foremost to serve the people of North Carolina, especially as we shape the workforce of tomorrow. We are committed to a spirit of access to all the opportunities afforded by a major research and teaching university. We will develop and sustain programs that support this ideal. Supporting Student Success: Even as our research and extension enterprise grows, we remain committed to providing a great education in the classroom and to preparing tomorrow’s leaders through engagement, community service, and meaningful leadership experiences. Creating Opportunity for the East: No institution is more important to eastern North Carolina than East Carolina University. We will prepare tomorrow’s workforce, generate the intellectual capital that drives our economy, provide hands-on engagement with our region and state, and create new technologies from our research. Our Colleges of Business, Technology and Computer Science, and Fine Arts and Communication, as well as our health sciences schools, are significant drivers of the new economy. Forging Effective Partnerships: We are committed to building relationships with a wide range of partners for the benefit of the people of North Carolina. Responding to the Greatest Needs: The founding, growth, and continued success of East Carolina are all closely related to our effective response to the critical needs of communities and individuals.
General Information
East Carolina does not appear to employ any mandatory training in Critical Race Theory for students, faculty, or staff. However, as a member of the UNC System, they have participated in the UNC System Racial Equity Task Force. A survey was conducted in 2020, with a final report released in February 2021. That report recommends that member institutions, among other things, "establish comprehensive programming for all students, faculty, and staff of the UNC System, and provide mandatory training for those individuals charged with ensuring compliance with diversity and inclusion standards, including institutional leadership, department chairs, division leaders, and others who serve in a supervisory role." See below for detail:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Assistant Director of Outreach and Relations "heads our diversity recruitment efforts."
  • In Spring 2023, ECU issued the following directives in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action: "An applicant’s race or ethnicity shall not be considered in an admissions decisions process or any other selection process that awards a material benefit (e.g., scholarships)"; "Admissions processes must not be designed to achieve racial or ethnic diversity."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The UNC System Racial Equity Task force recommends that member institutions "establish comprehensive programming for all students, faculty, and staff of the UNC System, and provide mandatory training for those individuals charged with ensuring compliance with diversity and inclusion standards, including institutional leadership, department chairs, division leaders, and others who serve in a supervisory role." East Carolina has yet to announce training programs complying with this recommendation.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of ECU's General Education program, "[s]tudents must also satisfy domestic diversity (DD) and global diversity (GD) competencies." Courses in the "humanities, fine arts, and social sciences will satisfy these requirements."
Program and Research Funding
  • ECU's Department of Biology announced that it received an award from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program in order to "better recruit and support undergraduate students from underrepresented populations in STEM disciplines such as biology."
  • The Office of Faculty Excellence offers several voluntary resources for including diversity and equity in course curricula.
  • The Office for Equity and Diversity suggest a series of best practices in recruiting diverse faculty and staff.
  • The Claremont Institute Center for the American Way of Life published a January 2022 report titled "Critical Social Justice in the UNC System," which discusses how many UNC system schools "promote CSJ policies under the seemingly innocuous rubric of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)." According to the report, ECU implements DEI policies in the following ways: "ECU aims to serve a global society through its emphasis on DEI and diversify its faculty, staff, and students. While it has four university-level administrators dedicated to DEI, only its Brody School of Medicine (which has five administrators, including three making six figures) has built a sophisticated staff to promote DEI at the college level. The Brody School actually appears to spend more than the university level on DEI salaries! Other colleges have committees dedicated to promoting DEI. Implicit bias and safe zone training are still optional. No courses dedicated to CSJ are required in the general education curriculum, though the student experience is shaped through LLCs and events that focus almost exclusively on the CSJ agenda."
  • ECU states that "multicultural experiences...will be interwoven into both your academic programs and extracurricular activities" and that "[u]nderstanding and embracing diversity are key elements to success in your ECU education."
  • On February 1, 2024, the School of Social Work hosted a virtual event titled "We Need New Theories To Dismantle Racism: How BOP Theory Answers That Call."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences created the "Council on Anti-Racism and Equity."
  • The university encouraged students anf faculty to "Stand with OED and ACT Against Racism & Injustice."
  • In April 2022, the university launched the "ERASISM project- Exploring Racism And Systemic Inequities through Students’ Memories."
  • In December 2020, the university's College of Education released a statement in support of antiracism.
  • The ECU Library provides anti-racist resources and states, "As white people, we would like to acknowledge that despite good intentions and our support of the dismantling of systemic racism and oppressive forces, our efforts to conduct or support the research listed above and gathering the resources presented in this guide may risk being patronizing, imperialist, or recolonizing based on the viewpoints we were raised with and as white academics with master's degrees."
Last updated May 31st, 2024
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