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Mount Holyoke College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
50 College St
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
(413) 538-2000
School Information
"Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective, nondenominational, residential, research liberal arts college for women that is gender diverse and welcomes applications from female, transgender and non-binary students. Mount Holyoke is renowned for educating women leaders, from medical pioneers to Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights. The oldest of the Seven Sister colleges, we are a noted leader in liberal arts education with a mission grounded in the conviction that women can — and should — make a difference in the world." The college enrolls over 1,900 students, has 48 major programs, and has a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source:
General Information
Mount Holyoke College has decided to provide more resources on anti-racism as well as equity for its students. Recently, the college hosted a series of events under the umbrella of its "Week of Racial Justice and Reconciliation" under the theme of "Our Interconnectedness Binds Us Together". No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Following the events of 2020, the college and the Board of Trustees established their own Anti-Racism Action Plans that both bridged to the college’s Strategic Plan for 2023 which commits to numerous action steps in becoming anti-racist including embedding anti-racist values in the curriculum and mandatory anti-racist trainings.
  • The Common Read which is assigned to all incoming students during Orientation has been centered on anti-racism for 2020 and 2021.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In order to meet Undergraduate Degree Requirements, each student is required to complete a Multicultural Perspectives course that incorporates diversity.
  • The Office of the President has a site dedicated to the updates and progress on the college’s Anti-Racism Plan of Action listing all actions taken thus far including numerous curriculum changes and trainings on becoming anti-racist including a new course, COLL-208 which uses Ibram X. Kendi’s book as its primary text.
Program and Research Funding
  • The Bias Education and Support Team (BEST) at Mount Holyoke supports the school’s strategic plan and anti-racist framework by focusing on mutual respect and community accountability within an inclusive and restorative justice framework.
  • In January 2023, Mount Holyoke hosted a two day Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) workshop, which is a nationally recognized academic, credit-bearing program for students and faculty on issues of diversity, equity, racial bias, and social justice.
  • Recently, the college hosted a series of events under the umbrella of its "Week of Racial Justice and Reconciliation" under the theme of "Our Interconnectedness Binds Us Together".
  • Mount Holyoke has launched a new major and minor in critical race and political economy. The department of Critical Race and Political Economy’s (CRPE) curriculum “cultivates an understanding of how race, colonialism, and other systems of power have structured human lives” by approaching “race as a shifting relation through which power and domination are rationalized.”
  • The Division of Student Life (DSL) is committed to promoting an anit-racist campus by acknowledging “our privilege and positionality in systemic, institutional and individual oppression” and that “systemic racism is a humanitarian crisis.
Symbolic Actions
  • As part of the college’s Teaching and Learning Initiative, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts “extend beyond specific departments and are embedded in all areas of the College.”
  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative is a presidential initiative that focuses on anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Last updated November 8th, 2023
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