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Fordham University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Fordham University Rose Hill Campus 441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458
(718) 817-1000
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School Information
"We’re a Jesuit, Catholic university. Our spirit comes from the nearly 500-year history of the Jesuits. It’s the spirit of full-hearted engagement—with profound ideas, with communities around the world, with injustice, with beauty, with the entirety of the human experience." Fordham University is a private research university in New York City. The university enrolls more than 16,900 students and is composed of ten constituent colleges, four of which are undergraduate and six of which are postgraduate. The university has over 400 full-time instructors/faculty. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Fordham University has taken the step of infusing critical race theory into its curriculum. The university announced that faculty will add content-appropriate elements discussing racism and diversity into courses. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Fordham’s Interdisciplinary Research Forum on Anti-Racism (hosted by the Office of Research) dove into issues such as "Overcoming testing biases" and "Dealing with the repercussions of institutionalized racism."
  • The Law School will be building on programming on "diversity, equity, and inclusion launched in January 2019 for all first-year students and focused on anti-racism, the Law School centered the spring 2021 1L orientation on anti-racism and DEI issues within law school and the legal profession."
  • The university said, "These conversations continued after orientation through the mandatory Civility Core Program for new students, in which students explore a number of DEI concepts and terms and receive an overview of the University’s bias policy and how to report a bias incident. Survey results indicated that 84% of students agreed, or agreed strongly, that the presentation was interactive and engaging."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Faculty will add content-appropriate elements discussing racism and diversity into courses.
  • The chair of the Core Curriculum Committee said, "...the Core Curriculum Committee urges faculty teaching courses that have been approved for the American Pluralism requirement to fully incorporate course materials that meet the Core’s call to ‘afford students the opportunity to develop tolerance, sensitivities and knowledge of the following forms of American diversity: race, ethnicity, class, religion and gender’ … The Committee further recommends that departments that administer parts of the Core encourage their faculty to embrace teaching that incorporates critical engagement and self-reflection on questions of race, racism and anti-racism into their courses," according to the Fordham Ram.
  • The Law School announced, "The Law School retained an expert to collaborate with the faculty in incorporating DEI material within the courses offered. The DEI expert partnered with the Law School to provide resources, encouragement, and support to ensure that DEI issues, especially those pertaining to race and gender, can be explored in courses within the core curriculum."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The Law School expanded training on "diversity, equity, and inclusion for all full-time faculty, beginning in December 2020. Training is ongoing. In addition, expanded mandatory training of adjunct faculty includes issues of anti-racism, unconscious-bias awareness, and cultural competence in order to create a culture of inclusion in the classroom. To date, over 140 adjunct faculty have undergone training sessions, and these will continue. Furthermore, mandatory training for staff was implemented in November 2020 to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion education to ensure greater sensitivity to the needs and perspectives of students of color, as well as opportunities for staff to participate in discussions surrounding anti-racism and issues relating to social justice. Staff training is ongoing."
  • The university said, "In August 2021, during the annual planning retreat, the University Deans Council— which includes the deans of all of the schools, the Provost, and other academic leadership—participated in a Racial Justice Examen, connecting the work of racial justice to the goals for the coming year."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university offers "Teaching Race Across the Curriculum (TRAC) Grant Funding" which has to aims: "1) To support departmental efforts to thoughtfully and intentionally integrate questions of race into their curricula, both core offerings and within a major or minor" and "2) To support excellence in the teaching of topics related to race in the curriculum." Proposals can be starter grants ($500-$2,500) and full projects ($5,000-$10,000).
  • The university had a Postdoc Fellow in Critical Race Studies, "With funding from the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the CDO."
  • The libraries have a "Gale Ebooks Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Collection," which, "Includes 100+ e-books from hundreds of international researchers. Titles include multidisciplinary DEI research that span across 11 major subject areas, including business, education, computer science, government, and social sciences."
  • The Graduate School of Education hosted a "We’re Speaking: Giving Voice to Empirical Research on Anti-Racism and Social Justice," which showcased student anti-racism research.
  • The university offered "Diversity Graduation Celebrations." The university said, "In collaboration with the President’s Office, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and Senior Week committees at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs formalized four identity-based graduation celebrations for Asian, Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ seniors."
  • The university offers "Anti-Black Racial Violence Resources," which include Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist" and a book talk called "Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility.'"
  • Fordham Law School launched book groups for faculty and staff that "meet regularly to explore themes around discrimination, structural racism, and implicit bias."
  • The Law School established a Dean’s Student Advisory Council on Diversity, "composed of a cross-section of students to assist the administration in identifying concerns and implementing change. Student members meet regularly with the Dean to discuss diversity-related issues, and form community among diverse student leaders."
  • The Law School will develop a comprehensive strategic plan on "race and other aspects of diversity based on the results of the climate study," and "implement recommended areas for improvement to enhance the experience of students, faculty, staff, and alumni."
Last updated September 15th, 2022
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