Critical Race Training in Education

University of Incarnate Word

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Mailing Address
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone
(210) 829-6000
Email address
admission@uiwtx.edu
School Information
With over 135 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. UIW programs constitute a liberal education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. UIW students can choose from degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio’s Alamo Heights, UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and European Study Centers in Heidelberg, Germany and Strasbourg, France. UIW is a leader in international education, with over 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries. UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
General Information
The University of Incarnate Word has begun implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) overhaul of its mission. Following the publication of the “DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community” in July 2020, UIW has committed to implementing mandatory DEI training for faculty and staff, “threading” DEI and social justice advocacy into curricula and syllabi, spending more on DEI infrastructure, reviewing current hiring and recruitment policies, offering DEI workshops and campus-wide discussions and forums, implementing procedures for DEI-related complaints and grievances, and enforcing a core requirement related to DEI and social justice courses. To date, UIW has offered multiple workshops across its schools and has received awards for its DEI advocacy. UIW hired a new Associate Vice President of Mission and Ministry and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to oversee the implementation of the goals outlined in the report. See below for more developments:

Activity

  • Admissions Policies

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" promises to conduct an "Objective review of [the] hiring and recruitment process, and DEI goals in this area." It will also conduct "Objective reviews of [the] student recruitment process, and DEI goals in this area." (Page 9)

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" specified "Mandatory and annual employee training/development on DEI, vulnerable populations." It adds, "New employee training on DEI and social justice," and "Training for students on DEI." (Page 8)

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" commits to "Integrate DEI and Social Justice within Curricula and Academic Programming." It will "Update current curricula on intercultural awareness and sensitivity" and establish a "Core requirement related to DEI and social justice courses." The report promised to also "Prioritize faculty and staff training/webinar on the history of racism, use of language, and institutional racial inequities prior to beginning any departmental and/or school conversations on DEI curricular design or recruitment." (Page 9)

  • Resources

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" names "DEI Efforts to Date." These efforts include "Social Justice in Action Workshops" in the Dreeben School of Education, a "Unity task Force" in the School of Medicine, and a "Theatre for Social Change" and "Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Awards" in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. (Page 11)

  • Resources

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" promises "Regular constructive forums and community dialogue on DEI," and "Campus wide DEI/social justice discussions and forums with students, staff and faculty." (Page 9)

  • Symbolic Actions

    The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability hosted an event called "Humanity in Black and White." This event brings "awareness to those afflicted by systemic injustice" in America. The host writes, "My photography conveys a pang of societal guilt. This guilt I hope to spread through contagion. The homeless, a class unspoken for, neglected and unheard. Black Lives Matter, a movement seeking change in the face of relentless opposition. These are the subjects of my work. They inspire reflection in me, as I hope they do in you."

  • Symbolic Actions

    "In 2017, the President’s Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created by Dr. Evans “to ensure that we continue serving the underserved and elevate the dignity of every human person.” Meeting regularly until it went on hiatus in March 2020 due to the pandemic, in July 2020, the task force submitted their recommendations to Dr. Evans thus concluding their activities."

  • Resources

    UIW's "Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability" offers detailed information on DEI initiatives each semester. In Spring of 2022, the Center will host events such as "The Gift of Diversity," "The Call to Inclusion," "The Roots of Racism," and "Systemic Racism Today."

  • Program and Research Funding

    In November 2020, UIW named Dr. Arturo Chavez the new "Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion."

  • Program and Research Funding

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" writes that it will "Increase infrastructure dedicated to DEI, including dedicated point of contact." Additionally, it will create an "Operational budget for DEI Office without diverting current academic program funding."

  • Program and Research Funding

    Dr. Tanja Stampfl, professor of English, and Dr. Lopita Nath, chair and professor History, "were each awarded $1,000 Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Awards as part of the Interfaith Youth Core's (IFYC) 'We Are Each Other's' campaign."

  • Disciplinary Measures

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" plans to set up an "Examination of procedures for staff, faculty, and students to report DEI related incidences, grievances and bias concerns." (Page 9)

  • Symbolic Actions

    UIW's School of Osteopathic Medicine was "Selected to Join [the Icahn School of Medicine's] Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education Project to Dismantle Systemic Racism and Bias." The School was one of 10 to be accepted, out of 48 applications.

  • Symbolic Actions

    "The San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) has named the University of the Incarnate Word as one of its first recipients of the publications’ inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Awards. SABJ chose 10 honorees who, they say, have gone above and beyond to bolster diversity and inclusion efforts."

  • Symbolic Actions

    UIW's "DEI Report on Engagement of the UIW Community" supported the creation of "Campus-wide safe spaces for dialogue by Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and other diverse communities." (Page 9)

Last updated January 19th, 2022