Critical Race Training in Education

University of Central Florida

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, Florida 32816
Phone
(407) 823-2000
Email address
admission@ucf.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1963 to provide talent for Central Florida and the growing U.S. space program, UCF has been making an impact on the state, the nation — and outer space — ever since. With 13 colleges and more than 230 degree programs, follow your passion at one of our campus locations designed to help you succeed." The university enrolls over 71,900 students, employs over 12,300 faculty & staff, and has over 230 degree programs. (Source: https://www.ucf.edu/about-ucf/)
General Information
Responding to national events, the University of Central Florida has taken multiple steps to commit to "equity, diversity and inclusive excellence." Initiatives include making "the position of chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer a vice president and, as such, a member of the president’s cabinet," creating a "President’s Executive Committee on equity, inclusion and diversity", making a "requirement that all units and colleges demonstrate their own commitment to inclusive excellence, through dedicated resources and training", and increasing "institutional resources and full-time staff who are dedicated to helping deliver on these promises." Additionally, the university opened and concluded an investigation into psychology professor Charles Negy around and after the time he released some controversial tweets, respectively. No mandatory Critical Race training sessions have been required of students yet. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university made the "position of chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer a vice president and, as such, a member of the president’s cabinet."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university created the "President’s Executive Committee on equity, inclusion and diversity."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The university considered implementing a "requirement that all units and colleges demonstrate their own commitment to inclusive excellence, through dedicated resources and training."

  • Program and Research Funding

    The university committed to "increase our institutional resources and full-time staff who are dedicated to helping deliver on these promises." The university will "...deliberately invest in equity, inclusion and diversity as a pillar of excellence."

  • Disciplinary Measures

    The university is "launching a comprehensive review of our reporting processes at UCF."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The university also pledged to "improve our search committee trainings and education" by adding implicit bias training.

  • Disciplinary Measures

    The university has a "Just Knights Response Team" which will act "as a clearinghouse for any bias-related incidents that may occur on UCF campuses. In this role, the JKRT will receive, monitor, refer, and, as necessary, coordinate university resources to these incidents that impact the university community."

  • Disciplinary Measures

    The university launched an investigation into psychology professor Charles Negy around the time when student activists expressed anger at tweets Professor Negy made. The university asked students to submit information about "abusive or discriminatory behavior by any faculty or staff member". The university also announced it launched an inquiry into Professor Negy.

  • Disciplinary Measures

    "Through the use of three policies – the University’s discriminatory harassment policy, its computer use policy, and its Just Knights Response Team (JKRT), the school’s version of a bias response team – the University of Central Florida and its administrators have created a series of rules and regulations that restrain, deter, suppress, and punish speech about the political and social issues of the day."

Last updated February 20th, 2021