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Grambling State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
403 Main Street
Box 4200
Grambling, Louisiana 71245
(318) 274-6183
Email address
School Information
"Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. It was founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African Americans in their region of the state" (Source: The university offers 40 academic programs with a student to faculty ratio of 24 to 1. The total enrollment is over 4,000 at Grambling.
General Information
Grambling State University's master's student was recently awarded with IBM's Masters Fellowship for the student's interest in critical race theory. In response to the death of George Floyd, the university created a scholarship in his honor. The university advances diversity in its curriculum. This university does not offer Critical Race Training to students, faculty, or staff. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The College of Education intends to "ensure that curricular experiences are diversity-rich."
Program and Research Funding
  • On May 7, 2021, Grambling State University's master's student, Elliott Howard, was awarded with the IBM's Masters Fellowship Award of $10,000 for his interest in critical race theory.
  • The university created the George Floyd Scholarship for Social Justice Reform.
  • The GSU College of Arts and Sciences facilitates the Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP) program which has the objective to "increase the number and quality of minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in SMET fields (chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, industrial & engineering technology, and biology) and to assist these graduates in successful pursuit of SMET graduate degrees with emphasis on Ph.D."
  • On April 17, 2023, The Claremont Institute Center for the American Way of Life published an article titled "Where’s the DEI at the HBCUs?" which states that "[t]he lack of diversity policies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities makes clear that the concept means something other than its public definition." According to the article, "[n]either Jackson State nor Grambling State, two famous HBCUs, have DEI plans or central administrators."
  • On February 28, 2023, GSU's Undergraduate Research Symposium included a presentation on Black Lives Matter which was described in part as follows: "The Black Lives Matter Movement was founded as a reaction to these horrible murders of black people in order to bring attention to the value of Black lives and to make it more widely accepted. The purpose of this research is to act as a political and ideological intervention in a culture that routinely and intentionally takes the lives of people of African descent."
  • The Bachelor in General Studies program offers four concentration areas, including "Gender, Race and Intersectionality."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 1, 2020, the president released a statement saying, "The recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and many others at the hands of police brutality and the racial injustice that follows have sent shockwaves through our nation and our communities at an already challenging time."
  • The university's mission statement states that, "With a commitment to the education of minorities in American society, the University seeks to reflect in all of its programs the diversity in the world."
  • On March 21, 2024, Grambling News reported that "Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business was selected for the 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine" for its collaboration with Grambling State. The award was given to programs around the country "who support and encourage students from underrepresented groups to enter the field of business."
  • GSU's Strategic Plan (FY 2020-2021 through FY 2024-2025) states, "With a commitment to the education of minorities in American society, the University seeks to reflect in all of its programs the diversity present in the world."
Last updated May 1st, 2024
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