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Ohio Wesleyan University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
61 S Sandusky St
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Phone
(800) 922-8953
Email address
owuadmit@owu.edu
School Information
"Ohio Wesleyan’s goal is to provide every student with transformational experiences that will prepare them for the causes, careers, and graduate school opportunities they want to pursue. "We do that through close relationships with faculty-mentors—and through a unique academic program called The OWU Connection..." "On campus, OWU offers 90 majors, and about a third of students graduate with multiple majors. "Off campus, students travel around the world to study, conduct research, and shake up their view of the world. Whether it's studying abroad, taking a valuable internship, participating in a Travel-Learning Course, or proposing a Theory-to-Practice grant, students bring learning to life... "The 10:1 faculty to student ratio fosters lively classes." The university also enrolls over 1,400 students. (Source: https://www.owu.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.owu.edu/about/fast-facts/)
General Information
As part of its ongoing and collaborative "Equity, Anti-Racism" initiative, OWU has appointed 25 faculty to serve as "equity fellows". These 25 fellows will "meet biweekly to discuss readings, write reflections on pedagogy and process, and work to make our teaching and learning spaces more inclusive and equitable. Sessions will focus on various aspects of organizational practice and will require faculty to reflect on their identities as scholars and teachers. Faculty will consider how classroom, departmental, and institutional practices directly impact issues of inclusivity and equity in students’ personal and academic lives." No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In Spring 2021, OWU conducted a “full student athlete inclusion training” followed by post-training surveys and discussions. “Coaches and athletics administrators also completed DEI module training.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • OWU has appointed 25 faculty to serve as "equity fellows" who will "meet biweekly to discuss readings, write reflections on pedagogy and process, and work to make our teaching and learning spaces more inclusive and equitable. Sessions will focus on various aspects of organizational practice and will require faculty to reflect on their identities as scholars and teachers. Faculty will consider how classroom, departmental, and institutional practices directly impact issues of inclusivity and equity in students’ personal and academic lives."
  • As part of the Bachelor’s degree requirement, all students at OQU are required to complete one Cultural Diversity course.
  • As part of the OWU Education Department’s Mission Statement, they state that “we use Critical Race Theory and theories of social justice to frame our education courses and to support our students’ competence in implementing culturally responsive pedagogy that is antiracist.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Education majors at OWU’s teacher preparation program are “required to take ‘Teaching for Equity and Social Justice,’ which addresses systems of power, privilege, and oppression.”
Resources
  • OWU assistant professor of Education, Dr. Sarah Kaka, wrote a new book “designed to help middle and high school teachers provide standards-based lessons that address issues of historical inequity and inequality.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The university published their 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan which lists structures and policies in place for diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as DEI Training, DEI Grants, Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention.
  • As part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, OWU has been conducting DEI programming to fraternities with sessions on “leadership” and “toxic masculinity” and to sororities with sessions on the US being built on white supremacy in a system “developed to benefit a few while exploiting many.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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