Critical Race Training in Education

United States Air Force Academy

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
2304 Cadet Drive
USAF Academy, Colorado 80840
Phone
(719) 333-2025
Email address
rr_admissions@usafa.edu
School Information
With a history of excellence and a focus on the future, the United States Air Force Academy instills cadets with pride and integrity while preparing them to serve their country and succeed in 21st-century careers. As a public university and a military service academy, we are leading the way into an increasingly complex future, driving advancement and innovation in air, space and cyberspace, among countless other fields. Whether you come to Colorado Springs for the world-class education, military training, Division I athletics, or character-building challenge and adventure, one thing is certain, the Academy experience—more than 60 years in the making—is unlike any other. Over 4,100 cadets attend the Air Force Academy. They boast an 80% graduation rate and in lieu of charging tuition, graduates pay for their education with a service commitment.
General Information
Recently, USAF academy began enacting changes to reflect diversity through the initiatives of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. USAF academy requires all cadets and cadet candidates to complete a course on "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students." The Culture, Climate, and Diversity page reads: The Culture, Climate and Diversity (CCD) mission is to serve as the U.S. Air Force Academy strategic leader in structuring a shared vision of diversity and inclusion. The CCD aids in the transformation of future Air and Space Force leaders while creating a culture and climate where diversity strengthens all personnel. Our vision is to help create and sustain an institution that encompasses and values our cultural differences while promoting a climate of inclusion. Page resources include a link to the Air Force statement on diversity: There is no other country in the world so widely diverse, yet so deeply committed to being unified as the United States of America. The challenges we face today are far too serious, and the implications of failure far too great, for our Air Force to do less than fully and inclusively leverage our nation’s greatest strength—our remarkably diverse people. Across the force, diversity of background, experience, demographics, perspectives, thought and organization are essential to our ultimate success in an increasingly competitive and dynamic global environment. As airpower advocates, we must be culturally competent and operationally relevant to effectively accomplish our various missions (Source: https://www.usafa.edu/about/culture-climate-diversity/). See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    All cadets and cadet candidates are required to take a training course on "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students." This course is an "introductory Diversity and Inclusion course as part of our commitment to working with cadets and cadet candidates in fostering a safe community built on mutual respect, teamwork, and personal dignity," as Yvonne L. Roland states in her message to members of the academy. This course includes a video on the subject of Black Lives Matter.

  • Resources

    The academy also provides resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The USAF Academy's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force is working to increase the amount of scholarships offered to minority students.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The USAF Academy now offers a Diversity and Inclusion certificate program.

  • Resources

    The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force has also been working to provide more support for minority individuals.

  • Symbolic Actions

    On June 4, 2020, senior officers at USAF Academy gathered to discuss the events surrounding George Floyd in order to "denounce bigotry and intolerance in the wake of the international protest movement surrounding racial injustice in the U.S."

Last updated August 30th, 2021