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Spalding University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Egan Leadership Center
901 S 4th St
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 585-9911
Email address
School Information
"Spalding University is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts university. Our campus encompasses more than 24 acres in downtown Louisville, KY. As of the fall of 2019, Spalding had a headcount of 1,629 students. Established in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Spalding University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award more than 66 degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral levels." The university has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. (Source:
General Information
Spalding University announced the creation of an "anti-racism program". It will consist of "an online training and professional development program" in "antiracism". No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On January 18, 2021, the university announced that it launched an "online training and professional development program in antiracism" titled "Restorative Practices for the Antiracist Journey" which would "teach concepts of cultural humility and restorative practices as a means to bring about positive social change."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the university's 2023-2024 Catalog and "University Studies Component of an Undergraduate Degree" description, students "will demonstrate knowledge and competency" in "Diverse Perspectives on Social and Cultural Issues."
Program and Research Funding
  • Community members can support the university's DEI work by contributing to the "Blue and Gold Fund" which "provides resources to ensure every Spalding student can access an exceptional education."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • On June 1, 2020, the university announced that it is a "primary partner with the city and LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] on the Synergy Project" which is a program that "will equip future law-enforcement officials with a broad understanding of race and social injustice while promoting restorative ways for offenders to remedy harm and make amends."
  • The school’s library hosts a database for anti-racism resources.
  • The school states that “Spalding has received special recognition from the Colleges of Distinction for equity and inclusion.”
  • Spalding’s Strategic Plan has a goal to “[cultivate] a campus community that fosters inclusion.”
  • In 2020, the school announced that Dr. Steven Kniffley was named as the Chief Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer for his work on racial trauma. In this role, he will “take on a broad role across campus in promoting best practices and developing initiatives that advance diversity as a critical component of social, academic and intellectual life at Spalding” through the goal to “actively engage students, faculty and staff to further behaviors, attitudes and policies that support diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 1, 2020, Spalding issued a statement in response to the death of George Floyd which reads, "The tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery are just some of the devastating examples of the vulnerability of black lives in this country and bring to light the inequities that black citizens experience every day." The post also features a picture of a "Black Lives Matter" sign from the Spalding campus.
Last updated May 1st, 2024
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