Critical Race Training in Education

University of Akron

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, Ohio 44325
Phone
(330) 972-7111
Email address
helpdesk@uakron.edu
School Information
The University of Akron,is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a workforce highly trained in diverse disciplines, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. UA brings together diverse disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and online students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.
General Information
The University of Akron commissioned a “Social Justice Task Force” to report on the status of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and make recommendations to alleviate issues. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion led by the Chief Diversity Officer oversees the implementation of these recommendations. The most wide-ranging goal is to deliberately hire more black staff, faculty, and administrators and to provide cultural competency and DEI training amongst current employees and academic advisors. Akron is also committing to hire new faculty to teach about “critical race theory.” To jumpstart this teaching and research, faculty and departments are offered financial incentives. Departments that do not meet “diversity goals” are to be "held accountable." Students are to be provided training on intervening to prevent racism. Ongoing optional workshops on micro-aggressions, implicit biases, and peaceful civil disobedience are strongly encouraged for all to attend.

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Admissions Policies

    Akron is making a deliberate effort to hire more black faculty. Specifically, the University seeks to accomplish "Multidisciplinary cluster hiring across departments to provide focused scholarship, teaching, and collegiality for a cohort of Black faculty or faculty of color. Potential themes include violence in society, social determinants of health, critical race theory, criminal justice reform, or climate science." (Page 19)

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    "Provide training to academic advisors annually to continue to develop increasingly culturally competent services and to ensure they are able to identify stereotype threat, implicit bias and micro-aggressions." (Page 8)

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    "Provide training to students including tools to effectively intervene, to stop or provide support in response to harassment based on race, religion, ethnicity or other protected classes. Training should occur through University orientation programs, integrated and embedded within each academic program, and supported with a strategic communication plan to raise awareness." (Page 10). This is repeated for faculty. (Page 11).

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    "The University should seek either online or in-person diversity training workshops for its administrators to increase their awareness of, and sensitivity to their micro-aggressions, possible prejudice, glass cliff issues, and the lack of cultural agility in the workplace." (Page 13)

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    "Support the development of culturally competent faculty to ensure that the importance of diversity in curriculum is standardized across the University." (Page 19)

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    In the fall of 2020, Akron Law offered a "free, 12-week, live online course on racial equality and the law...taught by Professor Brant Lee, assistant dean for diversity and social justice initiatives." "The course will cover both the historical role of law in creating inequality and the current role of law in exacerbating, maintaining and alleviating it."

  • Resources

    Akron created an "Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity" and appointed a "Vice President of Inclusion and Equity and Chief Diversity Officer." This Officer will also oversee the Office of Multicultural Development" and the "Multicultural Center."

  • Resources

    Akron created a "Social Justice Task Force" which "released a series of recommendations designed to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion..."

  • Symbolic Actions

    In the "Social Justice Task Force's report," Akron identified that "critical areas are inadequate or ineffective to mitigate the persistent biases, microaggressions, and stereotypes that often confront and undermine the academic success of most underrepresented students on campus."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    "Host workshops to help students develop better advocacy and nonviolent civil disobedience skills." (Page 13)

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    "Provide financial support for community-based research projects focused on social justice, social inequality, and racism." (Page 18)

  • Program and Research Funding

    "Reward programs and departments that are composed of culturally competent faculty. Incentivize programs and departments to become more culturally competent. Hold programs and departments accountable that are not achieving diversity goals." (Page 19)

Last updated August 26th, 2021