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Meredith College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3800 Hillsborough St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
(919) 760-8600
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School Information
"More than one hundred years ago, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, we’re nationally ranked and our student body has grown to include nearly 2,000 students, including men who are part of our graduate programs. All learn to enhance their strengths, broaden their perspectives, and prepare for lives of impact and distinction. All going strong...Meredith College, grounded in the liberal arts and committed to professional preparation, educates and inspires students to live with integrity and provide leadership for the needs, opportunities and challenges of society." (Source:
General Information
Meredith College's individual departments have taken steps to embed critical race theory into their curricula. The college's music department recently made a pledge to remove "systemic racism" from its curriculum, however it is not clear how it intends to do it. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Anti-racism and microaggression training has been provided for faculty and staff.
  • Students have "participated in anti-racism and cultural humility-related training sessions."
  • The college's Anti-Racism Initiative states that "[n]umerous anti-racism and microaggression training opportunities have been provided for faculty and staff since the launch of the initiative in June 2020."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college's Anti-Racism Initiative states that a "DEI Session has been incorporated into First Year Experience curriculum" and that "[f]aculty development workshops are guiding efforts to create a more inclusive classroom environment, including diversifying curricula."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The college has implemented a 'Bias Incident Response Team" and states that Meredith is "committed to fostering an inclusive and pluralistic campus environment where diverse identities are safe and welcomed into our learning and working community."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Meredith Summer Symposium is an "overnight two-day experience offering both community-building activities and a thought-provoking weekend of speaker-led workshops, action, and reflection sessions centered around topics of culture, identity, advocacy, and social justice to incoming historically underrepresented students who are committed to creating and maintaining culturally inclusive communities."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The college's Anti-Racism Initiative states that "Campus Police has continued to follow best practices such as hiring a workforce that is reflective of the community in terms of diversity, and ensuring all staff participate in annual cultural sensitivity training."
  • This year's summer reading book is "Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing our Stories of Race, Culture and Identity" by Winona Gua and Priya Vulcht, which aims to be "A Road Map for Cultivating Racial Literacy".
  • The college anounced its "Anti-Racist Initative." Step 1: "Develop Action Plan." Step 2: "Review and Enhance Policies." Step 3: "Understand Our History."
  • The college conducted a "DEI Professional Search" with several thorough interviews with students, faculty, and staff.
  • In February 2022, the college announced its first DEI Coordinator.
  • As part of its Anti-Racism Initiative, Meredith College asks its community to "[r]eview our policies to ensure Meredith is not unconsciously contributing to systemic racism" and states that "[c]hanges will be made to policies that promote or enhance systemic racism."
Symbolic Actions
  • Music Department is pledging to remove "systemic racism" from its curriculum.
  • The college will be changing the name of an academic building as part of its anti-racist initiative in 2022.
  • "The Office of Alumnae Relations has hosted anti-racist book discussions for both the Board of Directors and Young Alumnae Board."
  • The Board of Trustees created a "Task Force on Historical Context and Naming at Meredith."
Last updated November 21st, 2023
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