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Skidmore College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Phone
(518) 580-5000
Email address
admissions@skidmore.edu
School Information
"Skidmore is a highly ranked, residential, liberal arts college situated on 1,000 acres of natural beauty in Saratoga Springs, New York. With 2,500 students from 40 states and 70 countries, 43 majors, more than 100 student clubs, funded research and internship opportunities, and 118 study abroad programs, it offers a dynamic college experience. Consistently acclaimed in national rankings, Skidmore has been recognized as one of 'America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges,' a 'Best Value' school and a 'Hidden Ivy.'" (Source: https://www.skidmore.edu/about/)
General Information
Skidmore College has mandated training on anti-racism in the academic environment for faculty and staff. Additionally, the college announced efforts to support social justice causes through the re-allocation of the president's discretionary fund towards anti-racist causes, as well as by inviting social justice experts to the "In it 5" series. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Faculty and staff receive training on “anti-racism in a college environment.”
  • In an Associate Director of Counseling and Inclusion job listing in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the college said that candidates are required to have, "Knowledge of racial and ethnic identity development, social justice, race-related disparities in access to healthcare, and strategies for promoting equity and inclusivity in a higher education environment."
Program and Research Funding
  • Much of the president’s discretionary fund allocated towards speaking event on anti-racism, as well as student and faculty projects on the topic.
Resources
  • Annual “In it 5” series will have workshops featuring social justice experts, educators and activists, film screenings, facilitated dialogues and an interactive bias response case study.
  • An "organizing group – which includes the Skidmore Black Studies program, MLK Saratoga, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Empire and the Saratoga Educational Equity Network" hosted "a series of virtual forums focused on critical race theory in an attempt to counter the use of the theory as a tool of political division," according to media reports.
Symbolic Actions
  • The First-Year Experience program’s summer reading committee "chose award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi’s 'How to be an Antiracist' as the Class of 2025’s summer reading."
Last updated October 31st, 2022
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