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St. Cloud State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
720 4th Ave S
St Cloud, Minnesota 56301
Phone
(320) 308-0121
Email address
scsu4u@stcloudstate.edu
School Information
"At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. "You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. "Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. "If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation." The university enrolls over 14,000 students. (Source: https://www.stcloudstate.edu/about/default.aspx)
General Information
St. Cloud State University has provided funding for an institute dedicated to training faculty to incorporate “anti-racist” methods into their classrooms. It also offers degree programs and academic programs which heavily rely on Critical Race Theory frameworks. No Critical Race Training is yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In early 2022, ARPAC hosted "Community of Practice meetings," in which faculty members read and discussed Joe Feldman's 2019 book, "Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Natalie Ringsmuth, a trainer with the CARE (Community Anti-Racism Education) Team at SCSU (St Cloud State University), and a member of the St Cloud School District 742 board, served as a guest speaker at the "White Saviorism: Knowing Your Role in Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion" event hosted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
  • In June of 2022, the university will be hosting the "Virtual ARPAC Institute," in which it provides "intensive professional development for faculty committed to incorporating antiracist pedagogy into their courses."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university has an entire institute called “Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)” which organizes an annual workshop and trains faculty to incorporate “anti-racist” methods into their classrooms.
Resources
  • The university has a department called Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education within Ed Department. This department features an undergraduate major of the same name.
  • The Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education includes an MS program in “social responsibility” based in Critical Race Theory.
  • Separately, the school also offers a similar minor in Ethnic Studies based in CRT/Critical Ethnic Studies.
Symbolic Actions
  • In March 2022, the university created the "Antiracism Institute for Teaching and Research," which aims to "address racism in college settings — not just here, but across the country."
  • St. Cloud partnerned with with central Minnesota organizations to host "Called Write on Race to be Right on Race," a monthly workshop until March 17, 2022.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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