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Edgewood College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1000 Edgewood College Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
(608) 663-2294
Email address
School Information
"Edgewood College, rooted in the Dominican tradition, engages students within a community of learners committed to building a just and compassionate world. The College educates students for meaningful personal and professional lives of ethical leadership, service, and a lifelong search for truth" (Source: The total enrollment is approximately 2,000. The student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1. There are over 100 faculty members. Edgewood offers 60 majors and 40 minors.
General Information
Edgewood College has fully embraced the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Its website explicitly commits to “anti-racism,” stating that the College has “racist structures, practices, and procedures” in place that must be dismantled. It hired a Vice President of Mission, Values, and Inclusion, endorsed Black Lives Matter, criticized the “pattern of black men being killed by white police officers,” and committed to “integrate a social justice orientation across student learning experiences.” Edgewood seeks to deliberately increase enrollment and retention of black students and faculty. It will financially incentivize faculty to launch diversity initiatives and compel managers, supervisors, chairs/directors, and College leadership to undergo diversity training. There is no evidence students are required to attend diversity or anti-racist training, but Edgewood has made it clear that this content is being integrated into regular courses.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Edgewood states that, "The Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement (OSII) promotes, facilitates, and advocates for a welcoming, socially just and inclusive campus community by supporting the retention of diverse student populations and providing diversity education and multicultural programs for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Edgewood states that, "An additional 1-hour training workshop for search chairs & committee members is in the process of being developed." Numerous training programs for diversity are being developed for students, faculty, staff, and leadership.
  • Edgewood states that, "All incoming students (fall 2019) will participate in an online diversity training module provided via Everfi during New Student Orientation."
  • The Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement at Edgewood "promotes, facilitates, and advocates for a welcoming, socially just and inclusive campus community by supporting the retention of diverse student populations and providing diversity education and multicultural programs for students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community."
  • Edgewood states that it would "ensure that ongoing opportunities for learning and professional development around issues of diversity and inclusion exist for our students, faculty, and staff."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The college provides a "Bias Incident & Discrimination Reporting Form" and states, "If you have been the target of (or have witnessed) an incident of discrimination or of bias you may complete the online form below."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • On an annual basis, Edgewood will "require all faculty to have professional development training, evaluate all faculty on their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and hold faculty accountable regardless of their rank and status at the College."
  • Edgewood states that the "Promotion and Tenure process for faculty already incorporates inclusion competencies."
  • Edgewood states that, "Bias training is required for all search chairs and the first training was offered on 8/16 during August Seminar."
  • Edgewood states that, "The Task force to Dismantle Racism was convened in August of 2020 and offered several opportunities for community engagement and learning. Early in the fall semester, the Task force shared a public statement, and at the end of the fall semester, all staff and faculty were given the text, ‘How to be an Anti-racist,’ by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. The Task force organized a training for all faculty and staff during January Seminar and focused their work on the following topics."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Edgewood college states that "We have embraced the vision of becoming Anti-racist and Multicultural by intentionally dismantling our racist structures, practices, and procedures. We want to collaborate and work together as a collective with others who challenge racism in the world."
  • Edgewood supports the Black Lives Matter movement through community participation in protests and numerous statements.
Program and Research Funding
  • Programs like the Multicultural Student Achievement Program receive funding in order to support diversity.
  • The Emerging Leaders Program at Edgewood was created "to support students from historically underrepresented populations" and "seeks to prepare leaders compelled to promote the Sinsinawa Dominican values of truth, justice, compassion, partnership, and community." Scholarships range between $5,000 to $10,000 per year. 
  • Edgewood will "integrate a social justice orientation across student learning experiences."
  • On September 15, 2021, Edgewood hired a new Vice President for Mission, Values, and Inclusion. The new appointed Vice President is Milton Javier Bravo.
  • On July 1, 2021, Edgewood stated it will "develop/refine ‘shared language’ regarding our Dominican-Catholic mission and identity and diversity-equity-inclusion and anti-racism commitments" and also evaluate its policies with an anti-racist lens.
  • Edgewood provides numerous resources for professional development related to diversity and anti-racism.
  • Edgewood states that, "The Office of Student Inclusion and Involvement (OSII) oversees five main areas which include: student equity and diversity, campus programming, leadership programs, off-campus and commuter student services, and new student orientation programs." The school also has a Multicultural Student Lounge that works to build inclusion.
  • Two School of Education Associate Professors have Critical Race Theory included as part of their "research interests" under their bios.
Symbolic Actions
  • On May 28, 2020, Edgewood released a letter responding to the death of George Floyd by stating, "We believe that, as the Edgewood College community, we must recommit ourselves to peace and to justice. We must be a living example of how a community cannot be satisfied with mere diversity, but must work every day to be genuinely inclusive."
Last updated October 16th, 2023
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