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Rice University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005
Phone
(713) 348-0000
School Information
Rice is a private, independent university dedicated to the "advancement of letters, science, and art."​ Rice attracts a diverse group of highly talented students with a range of academic studies that includes humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, architecture, music, and business management. The school offers students the advantage of forging close relationships with members of the faculty and the option of tailoring graduate and undergraduate studies to their specific interests. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department provides high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which emphasize fundamental principles that respond to and create technological change. Mission Statement: As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contribution to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.
General Information
The Council on Diversity and Inclusion serves as the administrative vehicle for achieving campus wide objectives. The Council is chaired by the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and council members are appointed to one year terms by the President. The council's objectives will be achieved through working groups and the working group chairs hold a seat on the council. (source: https://diversity.rice.edu/council-diversity-and-inclusion)

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Rice announced in June 2020 the implementation of mandatory diversity training for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Rice offers a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities.
  • As of October 2021, “all Rice new students are now required to take a new workshop, Critical Dialogues on Diversity.”
  • As part of the graduation requirements for all Bachelor’s degrees, “beginning Fall 2022, all matriculated students must complete and pass one course of three or more credit hours in the area of Analyzing Diversity.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Job applicants seeking a position in the faculty are required to submit a "diversity statement" as one of the necessary application materials.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Welcome to Rice University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Our team is dedicated to community and ensuring that all students are able to succeed in an environment where they feel safe, comfortable and accepted. You might be a budding community activist, interested in exploring social justice, a gay student looking for a safe haven, a small town resident searching for new cultural experiences, someone hungry to dialogue on important social issues, or an academic superstar in pursuit of an engaging outlet. We welcome the opportunity to get to know you and enhance your Rice experience. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. We are here to support you!
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers Anti-Racist Resources, including the books White Fragility and A People's History of the United States.
  • In addition to mandatory diversity training, Rice announced "a student fund under the Center for Civic Leadership in the office of the Dean of Undergraduates to support nonpartisan student engagement in the city of Houston on issues of racial equity and justice, particularly in the fields of criminal justice, voting, education and health care."
  • Chandler and Ian Davidson Social Justice Internship Award. Objective: Provide financial support to students who wish to complete unpaid, full-time internships over the summer in social justice organizations, broadly defined.
  • Following complaints and the call from the Task Force on Slavery, Segregation, and Racial Injustice, the statue of the founder, William Marsh Rice will be relocated to a new location due to hsi entanglement with the institution of slavery.
Program and Research Funding
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was established as a nonprofit philanthropic organization in 1969. In 1988, the foundation made a commitment to help remedy the serious shortage of faculty of color in higher education through the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUFP). In 2003, the foundation broadened its mission and changed the program’s name to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program to symbolically connect the mission to the stellar educational achievements of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays. The fundamental objective of MMUFP is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce the serious underrepresentation on university faculties of people of certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MMUF at Rice begain in 1992. The fundamental objective of MMUFP is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue the Ph.D. in core fields in the arts and sciences.
  • Rice has formed the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory to promote research into social justice.
  • The new Race and Anti-Racism Research Fund at Rice University has awarded grants to eight professors to gain a better understanding of how race, racism and racial injustice affect society.
  • The Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund at Rice Architecture serves to “recruit diverse students and faculty, support student groups, faculty research, school programming, and institute meaningful pedagogical changes to advance this cause.”
Resources
  • Professor Tony N. Brown: As a critical race theorist, Tony Brown investigates how racism works, from the womb to the tomb, to disadvantage blacks and privilege whites. Mechanisms of racism include interactions across interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels, implicating the mundane and extraordinary in the maintenance of white supremacy. In his quantitative research, Brown avoids attempting to explain away the race coefficient, instead highlighting heterogeneity within black populations thereby demonstrating that race is socially constructed and represents shared experiences, attitudes and beliefs. Funded from various federal agencies, Brown uses survey data from community-based samples to examine the mental health significance of racial discrimination, the social construction of race in Brazil, race socialization during childhood, the epidemiology of racial trauma, the psychological wages of whiteness, and culturally-specific conceptualizations of mental health.
  • The Racial Geography Project is a research collective that was started following the protests of 2020. As part of Rice University Task Force on Slavery, Segregation, and Racial Justice, the “collective studies the material impacts of slavery and segregation that have been codiefied into out built environment.”
Symbolic Actions
  • Anti-racist solidarity inspires action plan speaking to current and future demands
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs encourages students to "Report Bias" through its forms in order to "help us create and maintain an inclusive campus environment that is safe for everyone."
Last updated September 28th, 2022
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