Critical Race Training in Education

University of Alabama

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
Phone
(205) 348-6010
Email address
itsd@ua.edu
School Information
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General Information
The University of Alabama’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee created goals to increase the number of minority students and faculty, acknowledge and combat systemic racism, and post resources advancing anti-racism and critical race theory. Professor Richard Delgado, Chair of the Law School, is recognized as a founder of critical race theory. Dr. Bobby Wilson, a professor in the Department of Geography, received an award for his work in anti-racism. Alabama football players and coaches participated in an anti-racist video over the summer of 2020. Most recently, the University’s DEI committee formally opposed legislation prohibiting critical race theory, calling CRT a “useful lens.” While there is no evidence the University of Alabama requires any form of anti-racist or CRT training of its students or faculty, it plans to "Include diversity, equity and inclusion in the University’s general education requirement."

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Admissions Policies

    The President's Advisory Committee aims to "increase the number of, retaining and graduating historically underrepresented students." The same goal is expressed for faculty and staff.

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    The President's Advisory Committee created "four guiding principles of the University's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion." One of the recommendations of the committee is "Acknowledgement of the University's role and responsibility in addressing the ongoing national crisis regarding the impact of systemic racism on the lives of all American citizens."

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    "Education professors at the University of Alabama say proposed legislation and resolutions that target critical race theory would hurt their ability to train good future teachers." The University's "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee sent a letter this week [June 26, 2021] asking higher education officials to join an effort to resist recent efforts in Montgomery to limit how schools approach issues of bias and racism. The committee calls critical race theory a useful lens that helps educators understand the importance of diversity and systems that leave behind minority students and families.

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    Professor Richard Delgado, the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at the University of Alabama is "widely acknowledged as a founder of critical race theory."

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    "Dr. Bobby Wilson, a professor in the department of geography at The University of Alabama, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Achievement Award, given by the Association of American Geographers, for his career-long dedication to anti-racist scholarship in geography."

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    Alabama Football players and head coach Nick Saban appeared in an "anti-racism video." The video ended with the message that "all lives can't matter until Black lives matter."

  • Resources

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee provides a "Resource List for Understanding Cultural Identity, Privilege and Allyship..." The list includes podcasts such as the 1619 Project, Articles called "The White-Savior Industrial Complex," and Ibram X Kendi's book, "How to Be an Antiracist."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Under the "implementation" category of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee: "Infuse institutional expectations for the contributions of all students to build a more inclusive and welcoming University of Alabama community within the undergraduate student orientation (Bama Bound) and the graduate school student orientation." It also promises to "Work with the established general education task force to include diversity, equity and inclusion in the University’s general education requirement."

Last updated July 24th, 2021