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The University Of The South (Sewanee)

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
735 University Ave
Sewanee, Tennessee 37383
Phone
(931) 598-1000
School Information
"When you pass through the gates of our campus, something happens. Because it's not a campus. Not exactly. It's so much more than a campus that we had to come up with new words for it." The university enrolls over 1,900 students, has an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers 38 majors & 44 minors. (Source: https://new.sewanee.edu/about-sewanee/sewanee-at-a-glance/)
General Information
The university added a new general education requirement called "Learning Objective 7, Encountering Perspectives: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion". The university also provided funding for faculty to create "innovations in pedagogy". See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • "The College passed a new general education requirement last year—Learning Objective 7, Encountering Perspectives: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A new tenure-track faculty member, Tiffany Momon, was hired this year; her research specialty is the history of African American culture. The School of Theology is working on a grant to support an effort to take the method and approach of the Roberson Project to parishes and dioceses around the Episcopal Church."
Program and Research Funding
  • "...faculty members have received grants to work on new curricular approaches and innovations in pedagogy."
Resources
  • The duPont Library has a collection of resources dedicated to Black Lives Matter.
  • The university created "The Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation," "a six-year initiative investigating the university’s historical entanglements with slavery and slavery’s legacies."
  • The duPont Library has compiled a list of antiracist resources, including readings and ways to take action.
Symbolic Actions
  • "We will appoint a campus commission to evaluate the names and stories behind buildings, monuments, and places on the Domain to identify naming principles and practices and ensure that, in every instance, there is an appropriate balance between the contributions of the namesakes and the values of our University."
  • Sewanee issued a statement rejecting its past ties to the Confederacy, while committing itself to further racial justice initiatives.
  • To recognize the role of libraries play in the "white racial project of this country," a group of BIPOC librarians and archivists created a list of places to take action.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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