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Grinnell College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1115 8th Ave
Grinnell, Iowa 50112
(641) 269-4000
Email address
School Information
"Founded in 1846, we’re a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Our community embraces intellectual journeys of all kinds, and provides the individualized guidance to dive deeper, define new directions, and follow their passions across the world. We call ourselves Grinnellians. "We provide individually advised learning for the intellectually motivated. A place where freedom and academic rigor coexist and complement each other. And our curriculum has only one class that is required for all students. The rest is up to you." The college has a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, over 500 course offerings each year, and degrees in 27 major fields with 16 concentrations. (Source: h
General Information
Grinnell College has taken overtly political actions to support advocates of critical race theory and anti-racism. The college took political action by making a $50,000 donation to a Black Lives Matter chapter/organization. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The college's commencement speaker "developed an 'affirmative duty' technique for facilitating unlearning racism workshops. This method helps shift participants’ awareness, commitment and skill-sets toward being actively and personally anti-racist and anti-sexist, rather than remaining merely passive observers."
  • The library said that it will be, "Reviewing and revising outdated and racist catalog, metadata, and finding aid descriptions" and "Fostering an inclusive learning and working community through accessible spaces, resources, and events seamlessly accessible to faculty, students, and visitors regardless of ability and individual circumstances."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college library issued a statement, "Acknowledging that libraries and archives are not neutral and have served as instruments of exclusion, colonialism, and assimilation, and by identifying ways both large and small to undo this harm."
Last updated September 15th, 2022
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