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Scripps College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1030 N Columbia Ave
Claremont, California 91711
(909) 621-8000
School Information
"When Scripps was founded in 1926 in Claremont, California, it was one of few institutions dedicated to educating women for lives of commitment and engagement. Since then, Scripps has continued to champion qualities of both mind and spirit in accordance with the vision of its founder, newspaper entrepreneur and philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps. Scripps today offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, a robust intellectual community, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a rich residential experience designed to shape the next generation of women leaders." The college enrolls over 1,100 students, employs over 100 faculty, and has more than 60 majors. (Source: (Source:
General Information
In response to the racial justice protests in the summer, Scripps College created a multipronged Racial Justice and Equity Initiative, funded by a $1 million gift. The initiative consists of a fellowship program, the hiring of a new Associate Dean of Faculty for racial equity, the creation of a new Native American and Indigenous Studies minor, and workshops. It is unclear whether these programs focus specifically on C.R.T. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity states that Scripps "seeks to attract a diverse student body and to build a diverse faculty and staff."
  • The Discover Scripps "fall fly-in" program is for "BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] and first-generation [high school] students to explore Scripps’ vibrant campus and community over two days."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college will co-host workshops for faculty, staff, and students on "Valuing Black Lives, Cultivating Values-Aligned Interdependent Relationships, and Restorative Justice and Anti-Racism."
  • Partnered with California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) to provide racial justice training to faculty and staff.
  • The Equity and Justice Team at Scripps implements long-term initiatives and "leads DEIJ [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice] workshops for campus constituencies."
  • The Equity and Justice Leadership Team's 2022-2023 End Of Year Report states that the team has "[c]oordinated LACRELA [Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Leadership Alliance] professional development for staff and faculty focused on knowledge and skill building related to DEIJ practice within liberal arts colleges."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Racial Justice and Equity Initiative was funded initially through a gift of $1 million by a trustee.
  • The college started its "Racial Justice and Equity Fellowship Program" where recipients each receive $4,000 in funding for "research, internships, and community engagement projects designed to activate scholarship relevant to racial justice, inequality, equity, criminal justice reform, community engagement projects, and intersectional, interracial, and intraracial violence."
  • The Equity and Justice Team at Scripps "guides the development and provides funding support for departmental DEI [Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion] action plans" and "administers the Racial Justice and Equity Fellowship program for faculty and students."
  • The Equity and Justice Leadership Team's 2022-2023 End Of Year Report states that the team has "[s]olidified ongoing funding for the equity and justice leadership initiatives," "[f]ormalized permanent funding for Associate Dean of Faculty for Racial Equity and Equity and Justice Fellow," and "[e]nhanced commitment and support from community members, including trustees and alumni to deepen financial support for IDEA [Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access] initiatives."
  • College departments wishing to "expand their DEI efforts" can apply for funding through the Equity and Justice Leadership team. The maximum funding request is $5,000.
  • The college has hired a new Dean of Faculty for Racial Equity, who will "play a critical role in the College’s commitment to antiracism and equity, responsible for identifying, articulating, and implementing antiracism and equity goals in the academic realm by providing guidance on recruitment and retention policies and practices."
  • The Faculty Executive Committee approved the creation of a new minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies, which will focus on "settler colonialism, Indigenous history, contemporary communities, and Indigenous ways of thinking".
  • The college is offering "FGSS 189 SC - Feminist & Queer Research Methods: Anti-Racist Perspectives."
  • As part of the Mellon Interdisciplinary Humanities Initiative, the college started offering three interdisciplinary classes in spring 2022. Courses will focus on "antiracist, feminist, queer praxis," as well as "power, justice, and the environment."
  • The college is now offering a myriad of antiracism courses, including "CORE 003 SC - Antiracist and Transnational Feminist Coalitions."
  • Scripps' description for its 2024 U.S. History faculty position opening states that "applicants should submit a brief (one page) statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion" and that "preference will be given to applicants committed to improving higher education for underrepresented students."
Last updated January 8th, 2024
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