Critical Race Training in Education

University of Kansas

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Phone
(785) 864-2700
Email address
adm@ku.edu
Website
https://ku.edu/
School Information
"In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread. "Today, our enrollment sits at 28,500. From that single building, we have grown to five campuses — the Lawrence campus, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. The once barren landscape has grown into a wooded campus considered one of the most beautiful in the nation. "We embrace our role as the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution, serving the state, nation, and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit. And we remain true to our historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research, and the healing power of service." The university offers over 200 fields of study and has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://ku.edu/about-ku) (Source: https://accelerator.ku.edu/11-facts-you-didnt-know-about-ku/) (Source: https://accelerator.ku.edu/why-ku/)
General Information
Since the summer of 2020, the university has formed an advisory council for equity and inclusion, charged campus leaders to participate in intergroup dialogue training, made a commitment to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion, and provided resources on anti-racism to its students. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university formed a "university-level advisory council for equity and inclusion" which will commit to "regular and continued outreach."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    The university will "charge leaders across campus to participate in training that will allow us to begin the work of facilitating intergroup dialogues that bring together representatives of agent groups and target groups to open up difficult conversations."

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university will ensure that "improving equity, diversity and inclusion is explicitly stated as a goal for each team in our COVID-19 Design Challenge and in the longer term, in all of our Jayhawks Rising strategic doing activities."

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The university will convene leaders of local and campus police to "discuss policing strategies that reinforce respectful and community-engaged policing".

  • Resources

    The university provided a resource site titled, "Strategies and Activities for Reducing Racial Prejudice and Racism," which encouraged students to "organize vigils, anti-racism demonstrations, protests, or rallies" and to "work to include anti-racism education in your school's curriculum."

Last updated February 13th, 2021