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Florida State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
600 W College Ave
Tallahassee, Florida 32306
(850) 644-2525
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School Information
"One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. "FSU's welcoming campus is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, in a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity, along with championship athletics, and a prime location in the heart of the state capital." Founded in 1851, FSU is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida with 41,717 students and 2,086 traditional faculty, as well as 297 degree programs. (Source:
General Information
FSU has not yet taken steps to embed critical race theory into its curriculum. However, it has taken the symbolic step of removing the statue of Francis Eppes, under immense public pressure. Additionally, it hosted a "Collaborative Collision: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion" event, where more than 36 scholars shared their work and how it related to diversity and inclusion. FSU has taken steps to provide antiracist resources to its students, such as its spring "Social Change Symposium". No mandatory CRT sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 4, 2021, FSU's President responded to each of the 26 recommendations from the "President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism" and stated the following: "FSU is committed to enhancing efforts to recruit undergraduate and graduate students from Underrepresented Minority populations. Expanding recruitment efforts targeting Title I schools is one way to help the university advance its goals. I direct the Office of Admissions to explore an expansion of the existing High School Partners Program, which is a collaborative effort between Admissions, Financial Aid, and CARE, including the possibility of increasing scholarship funding."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On February 26, 2019 FSU hosted a two-part training titled "Social Justice Ally Training." The mission of the training is to "educate members of the Florida State community about issues related to social justice in order to develop allies who will promote an equitable and inclusive environment and serve as social change agents in a diverse and global society."
  • On June 4, 2021, FSU's President responded to each of the 26 recommendations from the "President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism" and stated, "I support continuing to include equity, diversity and inclusion training as part of existing employee onboarding and new student orientation programming as a reflection of FSU’s core values."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • FSU's Department of Religion has a Human Rights and Social Justice Major which "offers FSU undergraduates an educational experience that will prepare them to work in a number of arenas related to human rights and social justice."
  • FSU's "2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin" outlines the school's undergraduate degree requirements which includes a "diversity" requirement for the Liberal Studies Major and is described as follows: "Students must complete at least one Cross-Cultural Studies (x) course and one Diversity in Western Experience (y) course. Both Diversity courses must be completed with a grade of "C–" or higher." Students completing these courses will be able to: Analyze some aspect of human experience within a culture, focusing on at least one source of diversity (e.g., age, disability, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, social class, or other)."
Program and Research Funding
  • FSU hosted a "Collaborative Collision: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion" event, where more than 36 scholars shared their work and how it related to diversity and inclusion.
  • A team of university researchers "received a National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award worth $3.1 million to investigate racial inequities in the nation’s health-care system." The university said, "The project maps out the impact of racism in primary care that leads to significant health disparities in prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of associated physical and mental health conditions and the resulting poor outcomes. The goal is to develop new organizational- and policy-level interventions meant to reduce and ultimately eliminate race-related health disparities and move away from focusing on intervention with individual health-care providers."
  • FSU's College of Social Sciences and Public Policy's Social Justice and Innovation Lab "provides a physical and virtual space for researchers to examine policies and help to make society more just and equitable for all."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • On June 4, 2021, FSU's President responded to each of the 26 recommendations from the "President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism" and stated, "The FSU Chief of Police and members of the FSU Police Department routinely meet with the Student Government Association and other campus leaders to engage in ongoing dialogue and relationship building."
  • FSU's spring semester welcome includes a "Social Change Symposium" featuring workshops and small group sessions focusing on "anti-racism, interfaith inclusion, anti-sexism, transgender inclusion, anti-heterosexism, anti-classism, anti-ableism and anti-xenophobia."
  • University has a list of Anti-Racism Resources, including "Resources for Kids" and "Terminology".
  • The university "collaborated with the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) to conduct the HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey."
  • FSU responded to the Governor's request by listing 57 courses, activities and programs of which "None have 'CRT' in their language, some programs do deal with DEI in colleges like law, engineering and nursing, while most of the courses address issues of race, gender, and class in different disciplines."
  • FSU's Center for Leadership and Social Change states the following regarding its Diversity Programs: "Our work is deeply rooted in the foundations of the former FSU Office of Minority Affairs and Center for Multicultural Affairs. Today, the center continues this work as a voice for equity and inclusion at Florida State University, through social justice programs focused on structural and systemic issues in our campus and broader communities."
  • On June 4, 2021, FSU's President outlined 26 recommendations from the "President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism" on the topics of recruitment, retention, diversity training, campus climate and historical legacy. In addition, the President responded to each individual recommendation with his decision on possible actions moving forward.
  • FSU's Office of Liberal Studies provides guidance for faculty who wish to design a "Diversity Course."
  • On March 11, 2023, the Claremont Institute Center for the American Way of Life published a report titled "Florida Universities: From Woke to Professionalism," which discusses the state of DEI programs/policies at FSU. The report summarizes this as follows: "Most of FSU’s activities remain at the university level, in student life, and in various centers around campus, while UF is infusing DEI more centrally into the university’s structures through transformative changes in the colleges. For FSU, DEI looks more like a luxury good driven partly by ad-hoc considerations like the killing of George Floyd."
Symbolic Actions
  • University president accepted the Anti-Racism task force's recommendation to remove the statue of Francis Eppes from open-air display.
  • The university was specifically recognized by the INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine "for its strategic plan, the President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion and the academic support provided to diverse students, resulting in successful graduation rates."
  • On June 4, 2021, FSU's President responded to each of the 26 recommendations from the "President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism" and stated, "I direct the university’s senior leadership team to engage and collaborate with scholars and subject-matter experts to draft language acknowledging the labor of enslaved and free African and African-descended people in the construction of Florida State University’s main campus."
Last updated September 22nd, 2023
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