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University of Idaho

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone
(208) 885-6111
Email address
info@uidaho.edu
School Information
Since 1889, the University of Idaho has been a place that expects more from itself, more from its students, more from knowledge and more from life. The University of Idaho is where students come to succeed and learn to lead. At our main campus in Moscow, Idaho – and our centers throughout the state –students find many opportunities to share in our community and culture. Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. We offer a distinctive combination of outstanding majors and graduate programs, accomplished faculty, world-class facilities, renowned research and a residential campus in a spectacular natural setting. There's no better way to learn, think and live than at the University of Idaho. Expect more from a leading university. We'll deliver.
General Information
The University of Idaho does not appear to require CRT training for faculty, staff, or students. However, several anti-racist and BLM resources are provided, and staff are required to complete annual diversity training. The University hosts a series of Black Lives Matter speakers, which included Patrice Cullors in September 2020. The Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) has done extensive research and released a comprehensive report, Social Justice in Idaho Higher Education. IFF found five courses required of undergraduate students that directly focus on social justice. IFF also found search committees for new faculty and staff must undergo extensive training in unconscious bias.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Idaho: In 2019, the State of Idaho Division of Human Resources published a Respectful Workplace Policy. Per this policy, state agencies are expected to provide employees Respectful Workplace training within 30 days of hire, and annually thereafter.
  • The Office of Equity and Diversity offered a three part anti-racist seminar to white students: "This 3 part series is designed for White-identified participants to deepen their understanding of and commitment to racial justice work and anti-racism practice. Together, we will explore how anchoring this work to love increases our ability to develop authentic relationships and sustain engagement over the long term."
  • In its report, IFF found required implicit bias training for search committees for faculty and staff (pg12): "Implicit Bias Training. In addition to overseeing all search committees’ activities, Human Resources-Workforce Diversity division requires them to undergo training before they even begin. The subjects included in this training includes a list of “bias” effects, all of which suggest that committee members are beholden to a dominant culture that systematically discriminates against supposedly underrepresented minorities."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Idaho Freedom Foundation published a report detailing how the University of Idaho endeavors to become a "social justice university."
  • The IFF report shows courses required for undergraduates, and courses required for specific majors, that focus on social justice. (p18-22)
Disciplinary Measures
  • There was recent controversy over allegations of "indoctrination" at U of I. In 2021, the university's budget was cut by $500,000 due to claims of pushing social justice programs. However, as of January 2022, the university's president denied these claims and pointed to an independent study to prove his case.
Resources
  • Black Lives Matter resource page: "This resource page is designed to help University of Idaho community members understand more clearly and provide social and historical context to the events of the Summer of 2020 and beyond regarding issues of race, justice and how they specifically impact Black Americans. Community resources included are designed to assist engagement in activities that support active citizenship and build strong, respectful communities."
  • Patrice Cullors, co-founder of BLM, was invited to speak on campus as part of the Black Lives Matter speaker series.
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a Black Lives Matter speaker series.
Symbolic Actions
  • BLM Letter from the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS): "As dean, I join President Green in affirming that black lives matter. I pledge that our college becomes a more effective instrument in building a more just and equitable society. The problems of today may seem too large to make any significant change, but we can collectively begin to address these issues by looking and acting locally. I ask you to consider the everyday actions that you might take to help bring about change."
  • President's letter on the death of George Floyd
  • For Black History Month in 2022, U of I hosted the "Black Lives Matter Speaker Series" with Ron Ferguson, along with many other events.
  • In spring 2022, the university organized the "Social Change Speaker Series," which included activists as speakers. One of the talks was titled, "Tearing Hatred From the Sky."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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