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Keene State College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
229 Main St
Keene, New Hampshire 03431
(800) 572-1909
School Information
"Keene State College prepares promising students to think critically and creatively, to engage in active citizenship, and to pursue meaningful work. As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, we offer an enriching campus community and achieve academic excellence through the integration of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service." The college enrolls over 3,500 students and has over 40 areas of study. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Keene State College has announced bias training for faculty, staff, and incoming students. New student orientation programs, according to the university, will educate students on bias. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college president announced, "Both our first-year seminar and new student Orientation provide sessions that explore and educate students on how bias works, how it impacts all of us and how to address it in their lives. The seminar and Orientation sessions also point students toward resources that are available to help them."
  • The college pledged to "Provide new equity and diversity training for all faculty and staff."
  • Led by the college’s Holocaust and Genocidal Studies department, Keene State College partnered with the Keene Police Department to undergo training on implicit bias and ethics.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college has a course, HGS261 The United States and Genocide, that covers United States history as a history of genocide. The course “will address genocidal practices and institutions in US History (including settler colonialism and slavery), the US role in the Genocide Convention, US foreign policy, and recent genocide prevention efforts, and restitution.”
  • As of 2021, Keene State College is now offering a new Bachelor of Arts in “Anti-Racist Studies.” The degree requires 120 credits and students can choose from a number of courses offered by the college in topics such as anti-racism, diversity, restorative justice, and decolonization. Through the new major, it is anticipated that students will be able to “invesitgate the experiences, expressions, and possibilities - voiced and embodied, principally, by people of color” so that they can then “engage Anti-Racist practices to identify and repair harm done by racism.”
  • On October 20, 2021, as part of the 2021 Grayson Lecture at Keene State College, Prof. Dennis Britton delivered a lecture titled, “Pitiful Shakespeare” on the history of race, critical race theory, and Shakespeare.
Disciplinary Measures
  • The college president announced, "We reviewed and refined our reporting and policies around bias incidents. Specifically, we created a Bias and Hate Reporting platform for any member of our college community, or the greater Keene community, to use for reporting concerning incidents on campus and off campus. These reports will initiate investigations."
  • The college is reviewing its "Discrimination and Harassment Policy."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college president announced, "We are again launching our campus commission for diversity, equity, and inclusiveness that will actively incorporate these values into the ongoing work of the college. Also, we will be conducting a top to bottom review of the college and how we operate, to ensure that any possible areas that are vulnerable to allowing for bias are recognized and changed."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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