Critical Race Training in Education

United States Naval Academy (USNA)


Mailing Address
121 Blake Rd.
Annapolis, Maryland 21402
(410) 293-0998
Email address
School Information
As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the academy for four years, graduating with bachelor of science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps. When the founders of the United States Naval Academy were looking for a suitable location, it was reported that then Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft decided to move the naval school to "the healthy and secluded" location of Annapolis in order to rescue midshipmen from "the temptations and distractions that necessarily connect with a large and populous city." The Philadelphia Naval Asylum School was its predecessor. Four of the original seven faculty members came from Philadelphia. Other small naval schools in New York City, Norfolk, Va., and Boston, Mass. also existed in the early days of the United States. Launch Timeline The United States Navy was born during the American Revolution when the need for a naval force to match the Royal Navy became clear. But during the period immediately following the Revolution, the Continental Navy was demobilized in 1785 by an economy-minded Congress. The dormancy of American seapower lasted barely a decade when, in 1794, President George Washington persuaded the Congress to authorize a new naval force to combat the growing menace of piracy on the high seas
General Information
USNA has created an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) Mission To support, foster, and leverage the unique and diverse talents of faculty, staff, and future Navy and Marine Corps officers through an inclusive Naval Academy campus and community environment free from discrimination or harassment of any kind. The USNA Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) directly supports the Naval Academy's Strategic Imperative One: To recruit, admit, and graduate a diverse and talented Brigade of Midshipmen. (source:


  • Symbolic Actions

    Mandated annual Equal Employment Opportunity training for all staff. The courses below are mandated by Department of the Navy instructions, Department of Defense instructions, and/or mandated by legislation for all federal civilian employees (appropriated and non-appropriated). Training is tracked and verified on a fiscal basis. All courses are available via Total Workforce Management Services (TWMS) or by PDF. If you complete the training in TWMS you will receive a certificate upon completion of the training, which you should save somewhere on the desktop in the event your training isn't recorded as complete using TWMS. If you completed the training via PDF, you will need to self-certify that you have completed the training. To self-certify that you have completed a training course please, click here. Please do not self-certify training if you have already completed them via TWMS.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards A couple of dozen awards are bestowed annually based on many types of affinity groups.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Diversity Statement The English Department strives to provide a safe, respectful learning environment for all students. Although admissions restrictions unique to service academies, such as military service fitness standards and geographic quotas mandated by statutory law, might limit the diversity of our student body, the faculty and staff of the English Department value diversity highly. We believe that an inclusive curriculum, diverse faculty and student body, and welcoming climate, are critical to academic excellence and a well-rounded education. With regard to faculty, since this institution is run by the federal government, restrictions related to legal work status do apply. Beyond that, we believe that our faculty should be diverse. We define diversity as encompassing differences in age, cultural identity, language background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, faith, neurological make up (neurodiversity), geographic background, political and ideological perspectives, disability status, race, sexuality, social and economic status, and veteran status. Our students can rely on us to sustain a generative space for creativity, rhetorical and civic deliberation, scholarly inquiry, and an openness to new ideas. We oppose harassment or bullying of any sort, particularly that based on race, gender, religion, national origin, LGBTQ+ status, immigration status, age or disability. We welcome individuals, perspectives, and ideas that reflect the heterogeneity of the United States and the world.

  • Resources

    There is an advanced course called Social Inequality - NL450. This course investigates the social and physical constructs of race, gender, and ethnicity in the context of social inequality in America. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding how these constructs, both singly and in combination, affect American society and culture. The course examines how the social institutions of marriage and families, work and employment, education, media, and the state create and maintain inequalities. Marxian and conflict theories, Weber's multidimensional model, and the structural-functionalism of Durkheim and Talcott Parsons are covered in depth. Application of key concepts, principles, and theories to the American military and Naval Service is a cornerstone of this course, as is the understanding of cultural diversity. Upon completion of this course, the successful student will possess a stronger and broader understanding of how social stratification affects American society, and how this stratification contrasts with stratification systems in other societies.

Last updated March 29th, 2021