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Murray State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
102 Curris Center
Murray, Kentucky 42071
Phone
(270) 809-3741
School Information
"For more than three-quarters of a century Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation, and the world. Founded in 1922, the university has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to over 10,000 today. Students receive individual attention from a teaching faculty which numbers over four hundred. Murray State University has consistently been ranked as a leading university in U.S. News & World Report’s annual publication, America’s Best Colleges for 15 years. Murray State is also considered a 'Best Deal' by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and a 'Hidden Treasure' by Kaplan, Inc. Murray State University also outranks all Kentucky public universities in graduate and alumni satisfaction according to a Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education survey. Murray State University is also one of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's State-Supported Institutions" (Source: https://www.murraystate.edu/headermenu/sacs/AboutMurrayStateUniversity.aspx). The university offers over 145 academic programs and its student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1.
General Information
Murray State University has been working to increase and improve resources for diverse students and minorities on campus. This includes the establishment of grants. Anti-racism workshops have been implemented. Certain faculty and staff are required to complete diversity training. Events discussing anti-racism are open to the entire campus community of students, faculty, and staff. At this time, this institution does not require mandatory Critical Race Training of all students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Staff at the Career Center will "participate in trainings and offerings related to diversity."
  • In 2021, the ADVANCE Grant sponsored an anti-racism workshop.
  • The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Access provides diversity training to students, faculty, and staff and seeks to enhance "awareness of and sensitivity toward diversity and inclusion, including work with institutional and wider community affinity groups."
  • Murray State University's Training Resource Center provides optional Cultural Diversity Training.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education Diversity Policy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Council on Postsecondary Education requires that Murray State University has a Diversity Plan. This plan involves a university commitment to "continue to participate in activities and training which promote an ongoing awareness of the changing climate of Student Affairs and the impact of diversity on the work."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • "The Murray University football team marched on campus...in support of the Black Lives Matter movement."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university will grant "Minority Graduate Fellowships" which are preferentially given to African-American or Black graduate students for various subjects.
  • The university created the Leaders Engaging in Administrator Development Assistance Program which "has been designed to fulfill the need for underrepresented minorities (as defined in this Plan), teachers, and administrators by granting a waiver of in-state tuition to qualified teachers for one course per semester leading to licensure as an administrator or guidance counselor (preference given to African-American/Blacks and Hispanic-Americans)."
  • The Graduate Assistantship Funding Program offers funding to graduate minorities for salary.
Resources
  • MuSU plans "to expand information on the existing website to include diversity resources for students to use in their job search efforts."
  • The Murray State university provides numerous resources to "unlearn racism."
  • Biennially, the Racial Legacies and Learning: Race and Ethnicity Symposium is held, which is open to the entire campus community.
Symbolic Actions
  • The Department of English and Philosophy released a statement of solidarity saying, "We share the anguish and anger of the millions who fill the streets to grieve the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others."
  • The Office of Multicultural Initiatives offers Diversity Achievement Awards annually.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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