Critical Race Training in Education

Georgia State University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
33 Gilmer Street SE
Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone
(404) 413-2500
Email address
admissions@gsu.edu
School Information
"With six campuses throughout metro Atlanta, the university provides its world-class faculty and more than 54,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. A national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds, Georgia State provides a rich experience with award-winning housing, hundreds of student clubs and organizations, and one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Students, faculty and alumni enjoy a unique campus personality and culture based on ambition, hard work, dedication and perseverance" (Source: https://www.gsu.edu/about/). The university was founded in 1913 as an evening school for Georgia Tech. The school offers over 250 degree programs with a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1.
General Information
Following the death of George Floyd, the university has initiated many programs in order to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity. The university does mandate diversity training of faculty. The university offers over 100 programs for diversity and also offers numerous resources for training. At this time, the university is looking to potentially require diversity training of all students in the future. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Georgia State offers diversity training optionally to faculty.

  • Resources

    Georgia State offers numerous resources to faculty for diversity in the classroom.

  • Resources

    GSU's Black Student Achievement promotes "quality services and programs related to the retention, progression and graduation of African Americans attending Georgia State University by providing resources and advocating for their academic success, degree attainment, co-curricular involvement, cultural heritage and international and educational diversity." This includes mentoring and the Panther PRIME program for GSU's African American Male Initiative.

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    GSU hosts numerous events for voter engagement such as the Panther Vote Program. Additionally, events such as "Racial and Social injustice" are held by Civic Engagement.

  • Resources

    The President announced that GSU will be seeking out a vice president of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Symbolic Actions

    As a response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, the university created the Task Force for Racial Equality in June 2020.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    As part of GSU's Action Plan for the Recommendations of the Task Force for Racial Equality of September 2020, the president made a plan to "create a Police Action Plan that evaluates current practices to ensure equitable treatment and accountability."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    In Fall 2020, the university would "create a Human Resources/AAEO Action Plan to review and propose policies around training, equity and inclusion" and "evaluate feasibility of implementation of mandatory bias training."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In Fall 2020, the university planned to "create a series of diversity dialogues to include at least one Presidential Town Hall, as well as engagement with the Center for Studies on Africa and its Diaspora."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    In Fall 2020, the university decided to "mandate implicit bias training for faculty and administrator search committee chairs" and "implement series of workshops for leadership at chair level and above on DEI issues."

  • Resources

    In Fall 2020, the university decided to "engage with the Dean of the Graduate School to identify ways to create additional resources and support for graduate students who are mistreated because of racism or discrimination."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university will "support the USG Chancellor’s initiative to rename buildings honoring segregationists."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    For Fall 2020, the university decided to "add training opportunities for instructors on creating inclusive learning environments in conjunction with CETL."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The university intends to "evaluate feasibility of inclusion of diversity module for freshmen orientation beginning as early as Fall 2021."

  • Resources

    In 2021, the university decided to "create social justice programming and pathways for transcripts."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In the 2020-2021 academic year, the university launched Diversity Dialogues with the hopes for "bringing together the university community to discuss ways to address racism and inequality."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university created a Steering Committee "following the fall 2019 report of the Commission of the Next Generation of Faculty."

  • Resources

    The university established the Provost's Visiting Scholars Program which "brings to Georgia State University promising and leading faculty from underrepresented minority groups for short-term visits."

  • Resources

    Given that Georgia State University is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, faculty and staff have access to NCFDD diversity resources.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The university announced that, on July 27, 2020, a scholarship in honor of Myra Payne Elliott, Barbara Pace Hunt, and Iris Mae Welch would be made. This scholarship would "provide financial support to students who embody the commitment to social justice exemplified by these pioneers."

  • Resources

    The university hosts a Diversity Database which is comprised of over 100 "programs, initiatives, and policies at Georgia State" that "address diversity, equity, and inclusion across numerous fields."

  • Resources

    The university hosts numerous diversity events.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On May 31, 2020, the university president responded to the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery by stating, "The senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have brought forward understandable pain and anger about racism and violence against black Americans."

  • Program and Research Funding

    In 2018, the Andrew M. Mellon funded a $150,000 grant to GSU for "Early Identification System: Identifying High-Potential Students from Diverse Backgrounds to Support in Pathways toward Humanities PhDs."

Last updated August 30th, 2021