Critical Race Training in Education

Harding University


Mailing Address
915 E. Market Ave.
Box 12255
Searcy, Arkansas 72149
(800) 477-4407
Email address
School Information
"Harding began as a senior college in 1924, when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged their facilities and assets, adopted the new name of Harding College, and located on the campus of Arkansas Christian in Morrilton, Ark. In 1934 Harding was moved to its present site in Searcy, Ark. The board of trustees approved the study's recommended change of Harding to university status, and on Aug. 27, 1979, the name of the institution officially became Harding University. We are, at our core, a Christian university. The character, example, and concerns of Jesus Christ are the standards that shape us and chart the course for our future. Because of this, an all-encompassing love for God and a corresponding love for people are at the heart of who we are. Harding's mission is to provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals. Explore this section to learn more about our mission, our history and what makes us stand apart as a Christian university" (Source: Harding has a total enrollment of nearly 5,000 and offers over 100 majors and minors. The university's student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1.
General Information
Harding University has made a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The university offers a scholarship to diverse students. Additionally, the university is home to numerous organizations that provide resources to diverse students. The university plans to commence "racial and cultural competency training" for employees. At this time, the university does not require Critical Race Training of all students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    In 2020, an alumnus petitioned to have the George S. Benson Auditorium renamed after Botham S. Jean, an alumnus who died in 2018. In response, the president stated, "“These current circumstances call for White brothers and sisters in the Harding community to step up and restate the things that our African American family needs to hear us say at such a time as this." The decision was ultimately in favor of keeping the original name.

  • Program and Research Funding

    Harding University created the Diversity in Education Scholarship in 2011. This built upon the work being done by the Diversity Committee in the College of Education.

  • Resources

    As part of Harding's commitment to diversity, the university provides resources such as links to various diverse organizations on campus. These organizations include the Multicultural Student Action Committee, the Black Student Association, and the African American Alumni Association.

  • Symbolic Actions

    As part of Harding's 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, the university will "form a multicultural consortium made up of administrators and faculty with key appointments related to racial and cultural diversity such as Director of Multicultural Student Services, Director of International Student Services, Director of Diversity, and Admissions Multicultural Adviser."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Harding plans to "provide ongoing racial and cultural competency training and resources to employees to build an environment of awareness, inclusion and respect."

Last updated August 30th, 2021