Skip to content

Muhlenberg College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2400 W Chew St
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104
Phone
(484) 664-3100
School Information
"Muhlenberg College aims to develop independent critical thinkers who are intellectually agile, characterized by a zest for reasoned and civil debate, committed to understanding the diversity of the human experience, able to express ideas with clarity and grace, committed to lifelong learning, equipped with ethical and civic values and prepared for lives of leadership and service...All members of our community are committed to educating the whole person through experiences within and beyond the classroom. Honoring its historical heritage from the Lutheran Church and its continuing connection with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Muhlenberg encourages, welcomes and celebrates a variety of faith traditions and spiritual perspectives." Muhlenberg College is a private liberal arts college in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with 61 academic programs. (Source: https://www.muhlenberg.edu/aboutus/mission/) (Source: https://www.muhlenberg.edu/academics/majorsandprograms.html)
General Information
In an effort to financially support scholars studying critical race theory, the college has expanded the scope of the Presidential Diversity Innovation Grants. Grant applicants can now focus on anti-racist programs through the additional funding the college received. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college said, "Student leaders in orientation and resident advisor roles receive intensive diversity, equity and inclusion training to ensure they can support their first-year peers and beyond. Additionally, Student Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity are trained to facilitate peer dialogues connected with the performance of the student-led Sedehi Diversity Project and with other student groups across campus."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college said, "In the summer of 2020, music faculty formed an anti-racism reading group, meeting every two weeks from mid-June until November, and that set the stage for the curricular revision."
  • As part of the new Department of Music curriculum students can now take "courses on power structures in music, which consider how race, gender, religion and economic structures affect the intersections between music and culture."
  • The college announced, "Workshops, panels and reading and discussion groups around campus have begun to explore how departments and offices can implement anti-racist practices, review existing processes and innovate curriculums."
  • The college said, "All academic departments have begun to review their curriculum through an anti-racist lens. More than 20 faculty curricular and pedagogical development grants were awarded during the summer of 2021 to support this work. These efforts also involve work by the Academic Policy Committee about the potential implementation of a general race and power academic requirement."
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance announced, "Going forward, all syllabi for departmental courses will feature: (1) learning goals for inclusive teaching and anti-racism, and (2) statements in which instructors outline specific course practices supporting those goals, and how they (and students) are accountable for adhering to those practices."
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance announced, "The department will establish an ongoing working, reading and discussion group for white faculty/staff members about identifying and combating white supremacy in theatre and dance education."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The college announced, "Search committees continue to receive training on inclusive and equitable hiring practices, including new cohorts of faculty and staff to serve as equity advocates during each search."
  • The Department of Theatre and Dance announced, "Before the fall 2020 semester, white faculty/staff in the department will undergo training for inclusive educational practices and anti-racism, and will begin discussions specific to applying these practices to departmental contexts."
Program and Research Funding
  • College will provide additional funding for the Presidential Diversity Innovation Grants to be targeted for anti-racist programs.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
©2022 Critical Race Training in Education. All rights reserved.