Critical Race Training in Education

Sam Houston State University

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Mailing Address
1905 University Ave
Huntsville, Texas 77340
Phone
(936) 294-1112
Email address
admissions@shsu.edu
School Information
Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic excellence that includes exceptional teaching from faculty members who care as much about their students’ success as they do about furthering the knowledge of their fields. While embracing its legacy, SHSU also strives to meet the needs of contemporary students, both traditional and online. With over 20 bachelor’s and graduate degrees available entirely online, and more in development each semester, SHSU Online is quickly becoming one of the best online universities in Texas.
General Information
Sam Houston State University has taken steps to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion into its university functions. It established the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion to oversee these efforts. The Office provides a glossary of definitions for DEI-related words; It performs optional DEI certification trainings; It has sponsored multiple events on behalf of the university in support of anti-racism and critical race theory. The Office and library offer extensive anti-racist resources including books and articles. One category on the library’s website emphasizes rebellion against police and police abolition. SHSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine has advocated for anti-racism and health equity in its medical practices. One class explicitly teaches critical race theory. See below for more developments:

Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    SHSU states: "True diversity is not only described as differences in individual backgrounds, personal identities, political affiliations, intellectual approaches and demographics. It is rooted also in the removal of barriers for marginalized groups and in the creation of spaces and opportunities that allow individuals to engage in the full of the University."

  • Resources

    The SHSU Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted an event called "How to be an Antiracist." This event "focused on the themes and topics of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How to Be an Antiracist." Two leading scholars from UT-Austin and UMass-Amherst discusses "the field of critical race theory" and "the elimination of structural racism in contemporary society."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted an event called "Health Conversations - Achieving Health Equity: The Case (and tools) for anti-racism."

  • Resources

    "Doctoral students in the Education Leadership program recently recently released an 11-part podcast mini-series focused on building antiracist colleges and universities." This program was required by Paul Eaton, assistant professor of Higher Education Leadership. Eaton expressed hope that we will "enact the policy and practice changes that are desperately needed to make our institutions anti-racist."

  • Symbolic Actions

    President Dana G. Hoyt characterized "racism, hate and injustice" as an "even more insidious disease" than COVID-19, in a letter to students following the death of George Floyd. She adds, "By acknowledging these systemic issues, we can begin to heal this divide and build a better future for us all." Hoyt labeled racist "attitudes and biases as "still very prevalent in today's social fabric."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    SHSU created the "Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion" to oversee events, trainings, resources, newsletters, certifications, reporting, and discrimination policy.

  • Resources

    The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion provides an "Inclusive Glossary" of DEI-based words. "Anti-Racist" is defined as "A person who identifies and challenges the values, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism." "Assimilation" is defined as "The process by which one group takes on the cultural and other traits of a larger group; usually refers to the forced acculturation of a marginalized group by the dominant or White group." "Color Blind(ness)" is defined as "The racial ideology that posits the best way to end discrimination is by treating individuals as equally as possible, without regard to race, culture, or ethnicity. The term “colorblind” de‐emphasizes, or ignores, race and ethnicity, a large part of one’s identity." "Reverse Racism" is defined as "Perceived discrimination against a dominant group or political majority. Commonly used by opponents to affirmative action who believe that these policies are causing members of traditionally dominant groups to be discriminated against."

  • Resources

    The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion recommends DEI books. A few of these books include "Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness," "Everyday Anti Racism: Getting Real About Race in School," and "Color Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity."

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The Newton Gresham Library provides links to articles, videos, and other external sources about race. One category is the "Anti-Racism Toolkit." The library also offers a reading list titled "Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness."

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has sponsored events such as a "DEI Scavenger Hunt," "Foundations in Diversity and Inclusion," "Unconscious Bias," "Equity vs Equality," and "Developing and Implementing Inclusive Practices."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion offers optional trainings including "Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion," "Unconscious and Everyday Bias," and "Inclusive Hiring and Recruitment Practices." Faculty and staff can earn a "DEI certification."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    "PHIL 4377: Philosophy of Race" explicitly studies "critical race theory" and advocating "social justice."

Critical Race Training Courses Offered

Last updated January 19th, 2022