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Linfield University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 SE Baker St
McMinnville, Oregon 97128
(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: p4-5)

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Dr. Natalie Welch, Assistant Professor/Faculty Athletics Rep at Linfield University, released a statement endorsing the "Antiracist Soccer Club."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • 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.
  • As part of the general education requirements, every Linfield student must complete two Diversity Studies courses from the Global Pluralisms and US Pluralisms categories.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • For Black History Month 2021, Linfield hosted a webinar with DeRay McKesson on ending police violence.
  • 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.
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 October 3rd, 2023
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