Critical Race Training in Education

Harvard University

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Phone
(617) 495-1000
School Information
"Harvard College is a close-knit undergraduate community within Harvard University. With world-class faculty, groundbreaking research opportunities, and a commitment to a diverse environment of bright, talented students, Harvard is more than just a place to get an education—it's where students come to be transformed." "At Harvard College, we have been shaping the future for nearly 400 years. We are committed to helping students undergo an intellectual, social, and personal transformation far beyond the traditional college experience." The college enrolls over 6,600 students and has a 7:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://college.harvard.edu/about)
General Information
Harvard University's president has recently opened up the possibility of almost every space on campus being renamed, in order to promote Harvard's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Whether such a substantial series of renamings will occur is unclear. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    Harvard's president has recently opened up the possibility of almost every space on campus being renamed, in order to promote Harvard's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Resources

    The Harvard Global Health Institute hosted the seminar, "Scientific Racism and Anti-Racism: History and Recent Perspectives" which discusses the issues of "scientific racism and anti-racism and their implications to science, research, and healthcare today."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Harvard's Kennedy School is adding "DPI-385: Race and Racism in the Making of the United States as a Global Power" as a core requirement for all MPS students. The course description reads, "In the first half of the course, we draw from African American, Latinx, Indigenous and Asian American history, critical race theory, and whiteness studies to offer students historical knowledge about the role that race and racism have played in wealth creation, labor force participation, political culture, social institutions, immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and civic life. We then shift to the contemporary moment, drawing from theoretical and empirical research from the social sciences to highlight the institutions of racial domination that have helped to produce durable racial hierarchies, with specific attention to the modes through which hierarchies have been created and maintained."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf stated, "In particular, we need to do more to overcome anti-Black racism and other systemic injustices, here at the Kennedy School and in the world. One of our core values at the Kennedy School is belief in the worth of each person regardless of their race and other characteristics. To hold true to that moral imperative—and for the sake of everyone at the School—we need to make our work and learning together as fair as possible. That means overcoming racism here. We also need to do teaching, research, and outreach to help reduce racism in the world, and many of the faculty members we have recruited in the past few years will strengthen our capacity in this regard."

Last updated March 31st, 2021