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Florida State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
600 W College Ave
Tallahassee, Florida 32306
Phone
(850) 644-2525
Email address
admissions@fsu.edu
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: https://www.fsu.edu/about/)
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

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."
Resources
  • 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."
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."
Last updated September 13th, 2022
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