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Linfield University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 SE Baker St
McMinnville, Oregon 97128
Phone
(503) 883-2200
School Information
Linfield University, a private institution located in the Pacific Northwest, connects the traditional liberal arts with practical education through collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities. Linfield is nationally recognized for its strong teaching faculty, outstanding academic programs and distinctive international emphasis. Linfield educates students to become global citizens, with more than 40 percent of all graduates participating in study abroad courses.
General Information
Linfield does not currently require CRT training. However, a recent controversy that has caused international headlines and accusations of anti-Semitism, and counter-accusations of racism, may lead to further developments. The local chapter of the NAACP, in response to the controversy, has demanded, among other things, that the university "require yearly Cognitive and Structural Bias training, Recognizing Racism and Interrupting Microaggressions for all current (and future hires) faculty and staff -including the Board of Trustees," and, "Require an equity audit to be completed in all human resource operations every 24 months and revise the Linfield Curriculum to include Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT challenges claims of objectivity, neutrality, and colorblindness of the law and argues that these ideologies normalize and perpetuate racism. If Linfield University adopts a critical race lens perspective of what it means to have race at the forefront of the conversation, interrupting racist concepts and racial inequalities will equalize the playing field for those individuals who have traditionally been marginalized and not seen in the curriculum.5CRT can be utilized to describe the current reality of BIPOC communities and help to create a framework to surface the counter-narratives that educators can learn from." (source: https://www.opb.org/pdf/Final%20Report%20of%20Findings_1619822104081.pdf p4-5)

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the general education requirements, every Linfield student must complete two Diversity Studies courses from the Global Pluralisms and US Pluralisms categories.
  • As part of its 2023-2024 Catalog, Linfield states the following: "Students must take two courses which address facets of cultural diversity such as gender, race, national or geopolitical allegiance, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural mores. This requirement applies to all students regardless of citizenship."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Dr. Natalie Welch, Assistant Professor/Faculty Athletics Rep at Linfield University, released a statement endorsing the "Antiracist Soccer Club."
Program and Research Funding
  • Linfield University offers a Critical Ethnic Studies Minor with learning outcomes that focus on diversity, race, racism, power, and applying methods and theories of critical race theory and ethnic studies.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • For Black History Month 2021, Linfield hosted a webinar with DeRay McKesson on ending police violence.
Resources
  • The Linfield University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office provides a number of resources and programs towards providing a diverse campus community that celebrates diverse cultures and promotes an inclusive environment.
  • The teaching interests of Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Director of the Critical Ethnic Studies Program, include "critical race theory."
  • Linfield's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council provides the School of Nursing with "guidance and expertise particularly on culturally relevant curriculum issues and in the areas of recruiting and retaining students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds...."
  • Linfield provides resources for "students of color" who wish to study abroad and states, "Students of color have been historically underrepresented when it comes to studying abroad."
  • The Linfield School of Nursing published its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion packet which includes definitions and resources on DEI-related topics.
Symbolic Actions
  • Linfield used Constitution Day 2017 as an occasion to invite Critical Race speakers to campus to discuss the question, “How ought we, as members of the Linfield community, live together?”
  • The university hosted the "MAC Reads 2021 Becoming an Anti-Racist: Join Us on the Journey" event.
Last updated May 24th, 2024
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