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St. Olaf College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield, Minnesota 55057
(507) 786-2222
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School Information
"Founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants, St. Olaf is a nationally ranked liberal arts college of the ELCA located in Northfield, Minnesota." "St. Olaf College offers a traditional four-year liberal arts education distinguished by both breadth and depth. Within the bachelor of arts degree program, academic majors are offered in 41 different disciplines and subject areas in the natural and mathematical sciences, fine arts, social sciences, and humanities. Students also may pursue an individually designed major on any subject that permits coherent, in-depth study using resources available through the college." The college enrolls over 3,000 students, has over 200 faculty, and offers 41 different undergraduate degree programs. (Source: (Source:
General Information
In addition to sponsoring the “Bringing Anti-Racism Training up the Hill" podcast, St. Olaf College has financed research into inclusivity. Fifty “inclusive teaching and learning” project grants were awarded by the college. The university has instituted anti-racism training sessions for students, staff, and faculty. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The university announced, "Beginning in January, all St. Olaf College faculty, staff, and students will participate in a campus-wide anti-racism training program led by the Washington Consulting Group. "Each faculty and staff member will sign up for a 2.5-hour training session, and students will sign up for a 2-hour session."
  • The college announced the "Diversity in the Workplace — Student Workers Training." The college said, "This is a new DEI initiative sponsored by the Taylor Center, the Piper Center, the Vice President for Human Resources, and the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion. This initiative supports St. Olaf’s commitment to create an equitable and inclusive community, and gives students perspectives and skills that they can use both on campus and in their work after graduation."
  • "The college has created a campus-wide training program with the expectation that everyone will participate in this transformational educational process, which is designed to lift up and honor all of our humanity and build our skills and competencies for the ongoing work of co-creating an inclusive St. Olaf Culture."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The college announced, "First-year students engaged for the first time this fall with the new Ole Core Curriculum. This new Ole Core responds to the request of students and faculty to be more intentional about integrating discussions and conversations around DEIA. One of the many changes of the new Ole Core is adding a power and race requirement where students gain knowledge of how race and ethnicity can contribute to inequality in contemporary U.S. society, and how these forms of inequality intersect with other social characteristics and institutions such as gender, religion, sexual orientation, social class, and the environment."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The college announced, "The St. Olaf Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office will be offering a professional development opportunity for our staff and faculty on November 17 titled 'Critical Dialogue Strategies to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work and Conversations.' During this training, faculty and staff will gain facilitation skills that will aid in leading, participating, and moving forward the DEI work in departments and offices across campus."
  • The college offered professional development opportunities, such as "Understanding the Bias Reporting System," "Restorative Justice Training," "Understanding the Trial and Verdict of Derek Chauvin," "Cultural Humility Workshop," "Critical Dialogue Strategies Workshop," "Outward Inclusion and Outward Leadership Workshop," and "Latinx: To Be or Not to Be?"
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • On May 6 and 7, 2022, the college will be hosting the "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium."
Program and Research Funding
  • 50 “inclusive teaching and learning” project grants were awarded.
  • In March 2022, the college hosted a speaker event on "Antiracism as Religion."
  • Zoom discussion series “Voices of Equity on the Hill” launched with a podcast titled, “Bringing Anti-Racism Training up the Hill,” in which panelist recommended anti-racist readings.
  • The College announced, "This year we launched the Co-Creating an Inclusive Community Initiative that aims to engage students, staff, and faculty in working together to envision and create a more inclusive St. Olaf: one in which people of all identities experience connection, belonging, and agency."
Symbolic Actions
  • The college said, "This year we established the inaugural Social Justice Award to recognize an individual faculty member or group who has made an outstanding contribution to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism at St. Olaf."
  • The Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón Gautier released a progress update on the college's antiracism initiatives.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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