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Lewis and Clark College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
615 S Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, Oregon 97219
(503) 768-7000
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School Information
"Lewis & Clark is a private institution with a public conscience, a residential campus with global reach. Students and faculty throughout all three of Lewis & Clark’s schools—the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the School of Law—pursue new ways of knowing by combining classic liberal learning with pioneering collaboration." The university offers 29 majors and 31 minors. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Lewis and Clark College has taken steps to implement elements of race in its training of students. Students were segregated by race into separate orientation sessions (Zoom break-out rooms). The exact content of the training is not yet clear, nor is it clear whether the training includes elements of C.R.T. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school’s Strategic Plan says that the college will “build pathways to recruit and retain a diverse community with specific focus on members from historically underrepresented groups.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school hosted Antiracism Discussion Groups.
  • The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement hosts the "Wokeshop Series" which "engage[s] in critical reflection, dialogue[s] with people from different backgrounds, explore[s]various identities, and understand[s] systemic privilege and oppression."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Lewis and Clark's Strategic Plan states, “Each school, as relevant to its particular needs and mission, will pursue some or all of the following: increased class offerings with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, increased course content with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, increased use of inclusive pedagogical practices, and revised course evaluation tools.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • Lewis and Clark outlines its bias-reporting procedures and states, "The Bias Assessment and Reporting Team (BART) is a reporting process that provides a system to assist individuals and groups affected by bias incidents, track and document these occurrences, and propose responses and interventions aimed at reducing bias on campus."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On September 28, 2023, Lewis & Clark hosted the “September OEI Lunch and Learn” to discuss the SCOTUS ruling and “ways we can continue to support institutional diversity efforts, underrepresented students, as well as all students at LC.”
  • Students were segregated by race into separate orientation sessions (Zoom break-out rooms).
  • On August 19, 2021, the Office of Equity and Inclusion started the Inaugural Racial Justice Internship Program to promote racial justice and equity work
  • The library has a website with resources to help students and faculty to navigate protests and race issues, in which there is a statement from the Office of Equity and Inclusion advising that “if you hold racial privilege we hope you commit to doing this work, starting now.”
  • In March of 2022, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is hosting a series of four Op-In presentations about the historical mistreatment of people of color.
  • In the Fall of 2023, Lewis & Clark offered a class, PHIL 217: Critical Theory, which discusses “oppression and domination” in regards to racial oppression along with other factors.
  • Lewis & Clark has a website dedicated to offering anti-racism resources, including books like “How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi, DiAngelo’s “White Fragility,” and numerous articles. Curriculum resource guides are also listed.
  • Lewis & Clark hosts Employee Resource Groups which “provide opportunities for all members of our community to engage in reflective inquiry and to grow in the areas of inclusivity, respect, cultural curiosity, and cultural humility.”
  • On August 4, 2023, it was announced that, “the Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement (IME) and Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) are excited to introduce a new initiative titled: ‘Faculty/Staff: Inclusive Practice Strategies’”
  • The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement at Lewis and Clark "aims to support all students, especially those who identify as students of color, first-generation and/or LGBTQIA+ to achieve academic, social, personal, and professional success."
  • The Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement provides a "Virtual Inclusive Community Development Kit" which is a "user-friendly and flexible kit that gives our campus community the ability to learn more and engage in issues regarding equity & inclusion...."
  • The General Education program at Lewis and Clark includes courses taught under the category of "Culture, Power, and Identity" which "[has] emerged in a variety of disciplines as [a] critical [lens] for grappling with historic and current discrimination, domination, and inequality."
Symbolic Actions
  • Awarded Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, an honorary doctorate degree.
  • The school will “develop external partnerships that support diversity, equity and inclusion.”
  • According to its Strategic Plan, the school intends to “implement a biannual campus climate assessment concerned with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion by 2023.”
Last updated June 24th, 2024
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