Critical Race Training in Education

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Mailing Address
Campus Box 1600, SIUE
Edwardsville, Illinois 62026
(618) 650-3705
Email address
School Information
"SIUE celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007. The institution traces its origin to a farsighted group of concerned parents and business leaders in the community. In 1955, the group began an advocacy campaign to establish a public university." The university's mission is, "In a spirit of collaboration enriched by diverse ideas, our comprehensive and unique array of undergraduate and graduate programs develop professionals, scholars and leaders who shape a changing world" (Source: SIUE has a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, with over 13,000 students enrolling in 44 majors.
General Information
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been making a series of efforts to integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism within the university. It has created a series of programs and resources to facilitate this. Additionally, the university has started an Anti-Racism Task Force in order to further these initiatives. The Task Force works with both members of the university faculty, staff, and community and also with local government officials and external organizations. The Task Force has 78 subcommittee recommendations on its dashboard. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:


  • Resources

    As part of the Anti-Racism Task Force, "Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Jessica Harris has put together a working group to develop a concrete action plan to address the marginalization experienced by the East St. Louis campus. This plan will address the needs of the ESLC programs and the Charter High School. Additionally, Provost Cobb is pleased that Dr. Lydia Jackson is now serving as a liaison to facilitate better support between the East St. Louis and Edwardsville campuses."

  • Program and Research Funding

    The university has started a Racial and Social Justice Scholarship Endowment that supports SIUE students who "demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and SIUE values, and be willing to participate in anti-racism and social justice efforts on campus."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion holds programming focused on topics of diversity, including "biweekly Inclusive Conversations brown bag lunch programs," a "10-week Sustained Dialogue program," and "pop-up panels on current events."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion also hosts cultural programming that provides "educational opportunities and other programming surrounding the various cultural heritage and history months."

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    The university started the DREAM Collective focused on "dismantling racism through education, advocacy and mobilization."

  • Admissions Policies

    The Strategic Plan was set in place to do many things, including its mission to "Optimize enrollment of prepared and diverse students; Increase the recruitment of a diverse student body ready for the evolving challenges of higher education and lifelong learning."

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center provides resources for social justice structured around "narrative change, racial healing and relationship building, separation, law, and the economy."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    SIUE incorporates the Inclusive Excellence framework in order to "intentionally integrate diversity and equity into their educational quality efforts, missions and infrastructure."

  • Resources

    The IMPACT Academy seeks to "Provide faculty and staff with tools and resources to build the awareness and competencies needed to foster cultural humility as the standard of interaction and practice in order to advance Inclusion, Equity and Social Justice (IESJ) at SIUE."

Critical Race Training Courses Offered

Last updated January 6th, 2022