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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."
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.
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."
  • A $2.5 million gift has been made by Charles Marcon to establish an institute dedicated to research and study that influences perspectives, practices and policies on racial justice. The Marcon Institute’s core activity will 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.
  • Lehigh is offering funding for "initiatives that enhance equity and community within Lehigh University’s College of Education."
Resources
  • The ADVANCE Center for Women STEM Faculty has provided Anti-Racist Resources for STEM/Academy.
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 July 26th, 2022
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