Critical Race Training in Education

University of Connecticut

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3088
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-3088
Phone
(860) 486-4900
School Information
"The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 32,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society." The university offers 117 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate degrees (88 research and professional areas of study), and six professional degree programs. The university enrolls over 32,300 students and employs over 2,000 faculty. (Source: https://uconn.edu/about-us/) (Source: https://uconn.edu/content/uploads/2020/01/INS-008-Fact-Sheet-011620-FY20.pdf)
General Information
UConn has not yet implemented a university-wide program of anti-racist education. However, it has recently hired professionals to train school administrators. Robin DiAngelo, author of "White Fragility" was paid $20,000 by UConn to train administrators in antiracism. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    University contracted with Robin DiAngelo, author of "White Fragility," to train school administrators in antiracism, for a fee of $20,000. That contract was later canceled with no explanation.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The July Update on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives included, "The Neag School of Education’s Faculty Development Series this year will be structured around the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with six online sessions on topics ranging from Culturally Sustaining Practices for College Teaching to Re-Imagining Schools for Equity" and, "Another example is a new University course on Anti-Black Racism, that will be offered starting in Fall 2020, following on the success of the Spring 2020 course launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While not a required course, it garnered the largest enrollment in the history of the University, and we expect and fully encourage the entire community to repeat that embrace of this new course."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Chief Diversity Officer, hired in 2020, has goals including, "Adding training that focuses on racial literacy and responsive approaches for managers and leaders."

Last updated May 9th, 2021