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Lehigh University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
Phone
(610) 758-3000
Email address
admissions@lehigh.edu
School Information
"Located in Pennsylvania's beautiful Lehigh Valley, Lehigh is one of the nation's most distinguished private research universities. Through academic rigor, an entrepreneurial mindset and collaborative opportunities we challenge our students to become the leaders of the future." The university enrolls over 7,000 students, has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, and offers over 2,300 academic programs. (Source: https://www1.lehigh.edu/about) (Source: https://www1.lehigh.edu/about/university-statistics)
General Information
Lehigh University has an Institute of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies dedicated to contemplating "the role of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in various fields, and vice versa, along with the role of Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies in transforming the US academy including its extension in K-12 education." No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Council on Equity and Community has a vision of changing admissions policies and faculty hiring (not yet implemented): "The CEC will guide diversity, inclusion, and equity in the areas of advocacy, advancement, and program development. It will provide a mechanism for accountability on institutional change and provide advice on the evolving strategic plan."
  • The University's "Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026" states that the University has "Expanded support for diverse and underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students through new programs, such as those supporting women in STEM and first-generation students."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The EVERFI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion online training course discusses the themes of "identity & selfhood, imposter syndrome, identity transitions, power & privilege, oppression bias & unconscious bias, respect and allyship, and self care." After "successfully" completing the training, they will provide follow up sessions regarding "Antiracism 101: The Foundations of Antiracism," "Antiracism 102: The Antiracist Action Plan," etc.
  • The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at Lehigh University states that "All MSE department faculty and staff will attend annual DEI training offered at Lehigh University."
  • The University's "Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026" states that the University has "Added to the university’s professional development offerings for faculty and staff to encourage diversity, inclusion and equity learning..."
Program and Research Funding
  • The "Institute on Critical Race and Ethnic Studies" was formed "to contemplate the role of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in various fields, and vice versa, along with the role of Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies in transforming the US academy including its extension in K-12 education."
  • Lehigh is offering funding for "initiatives that enhance equity and community within Lehigh University’s College of Education."
  • On August 17, 2021, the University announced that it received a $2.5 million gift from Charles Marcon (Lehigh Valley philanthropist and CEO of Duggan & Marcon) to establish the "Marcon Institute" which would be dedicated to social justice initiatives. The Institute’s "core activity" would be to "prepare and deploy undergraduate scholars—to be known as the Marcon Fellows—to work alongside community partners to enact change in the arena of social justice and anti-racist issues."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • University news reported on April 19, 2022, that a "LUPD [Lehigh University Police Department] Review Committee was set up by the university’s Anti racism Task Force and included members of faculty, administration and students." The review committee made the following findings: "LUPD lacks diversity in leadership; there is a lack of trust between BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities and LUPD officers; there is a general lack of trust around law enforcement within Lehigh’s community; and the community would like more transparency and restorative justice practices from the LUPD."
Resources
  • The ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty has provided Anti-Racist Resources for STEM/Academy.
  • The Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at Lehigh University states that "Every semester, the MSE DEI committee will reevaluate departmental practices related to DEI and anti-racist action and provide recommendations to the department to reinforce our ongoing commitment to our goals."
  • The University outlined its "Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026" which includes its many initiatives and goals.
  • The University's "Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026" states that the University has "Implemented programming, such as the weekly campuswide Community Conversations About Race series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and regular events through the Center for Gender Equity and the PRIDE Center, among others."
  • The University's "Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Plan 2021-2026" states that it has "Established [an] antiracism task force consisting of senior leaders of the majority of university operations."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Vice President for Equity and Community says equal opportunity doesn't go far enough, and equity is needed.
  • In September 2021, Lehigh announced its five year Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plan, which includes increasing enrollment of underrepresented groups and conducting a review of the Lehigh University Police Department, faculty, staff and students.
  • In June 2022, the university will be hosting a two-part series of "Virtual Inclusion Insights | Human Resources." Dr. Steve Robbins will discuss "stereotypes and unintentional intolerance."
Last updated April 19th, 2023
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