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Lafayette College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
730 High St, Easton
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
(610) 330-5000
Email address
School Information
"A beautiful campus overlooking the historic Delaware River. A tradition-rich liberal arts college. A selective enrollment small enough to make you feel like you belong to a real community. A college large enough to give you unique opportunities across the arts, sciences and engineering. This is Lafayette." The college enrolls over 2,600 students, employs over 210 faculty, and offers degrees in over 50 fields. (Source: (Source:
General Information
As part of its racial justice initiative, Lafayette College is requiring anti-bias and anti-racism for all faculty and staff. Additionally, among other initiatives, the college is considering whether to incorporate the study of race and racism into its common course of study. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • "...we will require anti-bias and anti-racism training for all faculty and staff to be completed this academic year and biannually thereafter."
  • The college will "Provide an expanded program of anti-bias training for students, faculty, and staff, to be completed periodically to keep us all engaged in ongoing and up to date conversations about racism and racial injustice."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • "...the common course of study, which requires all students to take courses that include multicultural and global learning outcomes, is currently undergoing a faculty review and revision process that offers the opportunity to add a requirement for all students to learn about race and racism."
  • Many departments and majors at Lafayette College had “added courses on race and ethnicity to their curriculum.”
  • Lafayette College provides a number of tools for inclusive and anti-racist course design including “decolonizing the syllabus,” “social justice syllabus design tool,” and educators reflecting on their own pedagogical assumptions and biases.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Following the overturning of affirmative action by the Supreme Court, Lafayette College “has reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining a diverse campus.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM is one of only two inclusive STEM education centers in the nation working to advance the practices of inclusion and equity in STEM.
  • The Biology Department Inclusion Committee at Lafayette College develops “programming, organizes events, and furthers discussion related to inclusion.”
Re-Imagining Policing
  • "...we will require training in unconscious bias and Safe Zone training for all Public Safety officers in July 2020 and update that training annually."
  • The college is hosting the "Expressions of Solidarity Against Racial Injustice: A Digital Collection" event, which "is an initiative for members of the Lafayette College community (including students, faculty, staff, and alumni) to share materials and experiences emerging from the calls for an anti-racist society."
  • Lafayette has provided resources for "promoting racial unity and equity and fighting racial prejudice, discrimination, and violence."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college will "Approve, as an exception to the current hiring freeze, the new position of Assistant Director for Student Support and Advocacy, to serve as a resource, advocate, and caseworker for a diverse population of students."
  • Lafayette has released a detailed list of its commitments and plans to promote antiracism initiatives.
  • In April 2021, the college hosted a "Microagressions Discussion."
  • Lafayette College is committed to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion and believes that “it is not enough simply to bear witness to racism and acknowledge that it exists. As an educational institution, Lafayette College has a role to play in revealing and countering its effects.”
  • The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee “fosters understanding and alignment around diversity throughout campus and ensures diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into the fabric of the College’s strategic plans and daily operations.”
Last updated October 4th, 2023
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