Critical Race Training in Education

The Cooper Union

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
30 Cooper Sq
New York, New York 10003
Phone
(212) 353-4100
Email address
admissions@cooper.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1859 by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers an unparalleled education in architecture, art and engineering... Established to provide education with an exceptional standard of quality 'equal to the best,' The Cooper Union was also founded on the fundamental belief that education should be accessible to all members of society without regard to gender, race, religion or economic status. Today, The Cooper Union is ranked among the most prestigious private institutions in the world with a public mission: To prepare bright, creative and ambitious students to apply their talent and expertise to make impactful contributions worldwide." The school enrolls over 880 students, has a 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers arts, engineering, architecture, and humanities/social sciences programs. (Source: https://cooper.edu/admissions/facts#:~:text=For%20the%20academic%20year%202020,art%3B%2017%25%20in%20architecture.&text=14%25%20of%20undergraduate%20students%20are,1%20student%2Dto%2Dfaculty%20ratio)
General Information
The Cooper Union has offered anti-racist resources to its students. One such resource is the "Anti-racism in Thesis" Workshop. The workshop description reads, "As part of an ongoing effort at the Cooper Union’s school of architecture to decolonize the curriculum and advance anti-racist pedagogies, this workshop seeks to extend this work specifically to Thesis courses in architecture. How does decolonial and anti-racist pedagogy translate onto the Thesis syllabus, formats of conversation, and advising models? Considering the architecture design Thesis as a world-making exercise, how can the course advance an approach for “a world in which many worlds fit,” recognizing and working against the discipline’s biases and maintenance of white supremacy and other constructed hierarchies of peoples, cultures, and histories?" No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

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    The school hosted the "Anti-racism in Thesis" Workshop. The workshop description reads, "As part of an ongoing effort at the Cooper Union’s school of architecture to decolonize the curriculum and advance anti-racist pedagogies, this workshop seeks to extend this work specifically to Thesis courses in architecture. How does decolonial and anti-racist pedagogy translate onto the Thesis syllabus, formats of conversation, and advising models? Considering the architecture design Thesis as a world-making exercise, how can the course advance an approach for “a world in which many worlds fit,” recognizing and working against the discipline’s biases and maintenance of white supremacy and other constructed hierarchies of peoples, cultures, and histories?"

Last updated February 13th, 2021