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St. Edward’s University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78704
Phone
(512) 448-8400
Email address
seu.admit@stedwards.edu
School Information
"In 1841, equipped with an enduring vision (and courage), Father Edward Sorin set sail from France to the new world to establish Notre Dame and St. Edward’s universities. For more than 130 years, we’ve carried his passion for educating all who seek to realize their full potential, regardless of social standing, spiritual path or ability to pay. And along the way, we’ve changed a lot, too." The school enrolls over 3,300 undergraduate students, has a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers pre-professional programs and certifications in addition to many majors and minors. (Source: https://www.stedwards.edu/about-st-edwards-university/history-mission) (Source: https://www.stedwards.edu/admission-financial-aid/undergraduate/new-freshmen/facts-and-figures) (Source: https://www.stedwards.edu/undergraduate/majors-minors)
General Information
St. Edward's University launched the "President's Systemic Racism Task Force". As part of its mission, the task force has put on events for the community funded partially by the Hatton Sumners Foundation. In April 2021, the task force hosted an event called "Competence to See, Courage to Act: Racism, Anti-racism and You" featuring Jason Reynolds, co-author of the #1 NY Times and USAToday bestseller, "Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism, and You," who will lead an engaging dialogue on the history of racist ideas in America and why we should have hope for an antiracist future. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Th university has created the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) for a Respectful, Inclusive Community as well as the Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (FCDI).
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Students and faculty can request specialized training. Past topics have included "Inclusive Language," "Microaggressions," "Privilege and Systems of Oppression," and "Cultural Values."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • There is a General Education requirement to take 3 hours worth of a course in “Diverse American Perspectives.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university hosted an "Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Group."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Department of Student Diversity and Inclusion helps with guiding various student organizations related to DEI.
  • The school hosts the Equity and Justice Council for students.
  • The school hosts the Faculty Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which seeks to “[create] and sustain a civil and robust dialogue about the value of diversity and inclusivity within the faculty and staff community.”
Resources
  • In April 2021, the task force hosted an event called "Competence to See, Courage to Act: Racism, Anti-racism and You" featuring Jason Reynolds, co-author of the #1 NY Times and USAToday bestseller, "Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism, and You," who will lead an engaging dialogue on the history of racist ideas in America and why we should have hope for an antiracist future.
  • The university provided a list of "7 Events for Critical Thinkers and Innovators."
Symbolic Actions
  • On August 22, 2022, it was announced that Doyle Hall would be renamed to Equity Hall. Equity Hall will furthermore “house the Office of Equity and Employee Relations” and host programming on DEI.
Last updated May 22nd, 2024
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