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Union College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
310 College St
Barbourville, Kentucky 40906
(800) 489-8646
Email address
School Information
"Since its origin in 1879, Union College has provided students from throughout Appalachia, and all over the country, with a collegiate experience to ensure lifelong success. Union is grounded by four pillars that define our focus as an academic institution: service to each other and our communities; our Appalachian culture and heritage; our core affiliation with Methodism and the liberal arts academic experience. The four pillars highlight Union’s strengths, values, mission and identity." The college enrolls over 1,030 students, has a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers 39 majors. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Union College has offered more justice initiatives to its students. Its 2021 Spring Convocation centered around the theme of "anti-racism". No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Committee on Athletics Inclusion at Union College “will identify and deconstruct barriers to equity and access, while seeking opportunities for growth and progress toward greater enrollment, inclusivity and success of underrepresented student-athletes and athletics staff.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Following the death of George Floyd, the Presidential Initiative on Race, Power and Privilege (RPP) was established at Union College. Among its objectives, the RPP committee will “develop curricular and co-curricular RPP requirements.”
  • As part of the major requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in English, all students are required to take “one course focused predominantly on literature by authors who are black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC).”
  • The English department has restructured its curriculum “to include and make visible the experiences of underrepresented students” by embedding the “lives and experiences that are explored in texts by BIPOC authors into the undergraduate study of literature.” The department has “developed a new, two-course sequence: a 100-level course, Confronting the Canon, and a BIPOC course requirement” that “together will ensure that students engage with critical race theory and BIOPOC-authored literary texts at multiple points in the time as English majors or minors.”
Disciplinary Measures
  • The Bias Awareness, Support and Education (BASE) Team at Union College “makes recommendations for educational interventions to help the larger College community deepen awareness and fluency on the diversity of human experience along with offering recommendations for avenues of support for specific communities that may be impacted by bias-related incidents.”
Program and Research Funding
  • President David R. Harris was honored with the 2022 American Association of Colleges and Universities AACU-Cengage Inclusion Scholarship for “his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” by reducing equity gaps, improving inclusion and promoting diversity through his many campus initiatives following the death of George Floyd.
  • The college's 2021 Spring convocation centered around anti-racism. Rev. David Miller, College Minister and Director of Justice Initiatives said, “The events of the past year have brought to the surface the undercurrents of racism that have always been in our nation...Against this backdrop, Union decided last summer that our justice efforts should focus on anti-racism.”
  • The college has a website of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Resources for its faculty “to find the literature, webinars, and general resources for inclusive teaching and learning.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Presidential Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Union College implements diversity initiatives towards “creating an inclusive and equitable campus community.”
  • As part of its diversity and inclusion efforts, the college established a Working Group on History and Symbols to examine how “campus spaces, symbols, and monuments influence and advance an inclusive learning environment.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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