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University of Louisville

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Phone
(502) 852-5555
Email address
admitme@louisville.edu
School Information
"The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County." The university enrolls over 22,600 students, employs over 2,600 faculty, and offers a wide-range of academic programs. (Source: https://louisville.edu/about/) (Source: https://louisville.edu/about/profile)
General Information
The University of Louisville has fully embraced anti-racism, as its university president announced that anti-racism "is where the world is going". Among other actions, the school has launched the Cooperative Consortium of Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research to study “housing justice” and “microaggressions.” No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • An internship meeting was held on March 3, 2022 where “The Office for Diversity Education & Inclusive Excellence is looking for interns. The Inclusion and Equity internship program serves as a resource for students by training participants and giving them the tools to positively contribute to the campus climate. Interns undergo a training process with the office before serving as trainers and facilitators for offices, departments, and organizations around campus.”
Program and Research Funding
  • Launched the Cooperative Consortium of Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research to study “housing justice” and “microaggressions.”
  • "UofL medical faculty leaders have pledged $50,000 toward a $1 million goal to address long-standing racial inequities in medical education. "The University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Endowed Excellence Fund for Diversity has been established by several department chairs to address systemic racism. This is in response to UofL President Neeli Bendapudi’s challenge asking for ideas and support in making UofL the nation’s premier anti-racist metropolitan research university."
  • University Commission on Diversity and Racial Equity released Thematic Report on the search for the next university president with a focus of the administration to support diversity and racial equity as an “anti-racist university” through a “push for more minority faculty and staff in leadership positions” and “robust funding for the incoming VPDE in the way of staff and budget as well as other diversity initiatives.”
Resources
  • Though the training request form has been deactivated, the college still lists implicit bias, anti-racism, and microaggression trainings on its site.
  • On March 24, 2022, the Kent School planned to host It’s Time to Reconcile, Focus and Direct talk with Hannah L Drake and Josh Miller of IDEAS xLab “about the role of culturally-responsive and community-based efforts for sustaining anti-racism work.”
  • As part of Black History month, “The Kent School's Anti-Oppression Committee has created an infographic presenting some key moments in Kentucky Black History.”
  • On February 24, 2022, a virtual gathering was held for all “Kent School students, staff, and faculty who are survivors of anti-Black racism, such as racial discrimination and micro-aggressions.”
Symbolic Actions
  • Anti-racist athletics committee has been established.
  • University president announced that anti-racism "is where the world is going".
  • The university president may be exploring modifying its hiring practices in response to a request by legendary basketball player and coach, Butch Beard, to remove his name from the university's records.
  • The College of Education and Human Development has created a new "Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion," which will implement programs and policies to "engage in dialogue around bias, privilege, oppression, and anti-racism," among other objectives.
  • The Kent School released its Anti-Racism Position Statement, stating, “As part of its mission to be an anti-oppressive School, the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science is dedicated to promoting anti-racism in all its endeavors, including service, research, teaching, practice, policies, and climate.”
  • On November 3, 2021, the Kent School released its Black Lives Matter Position Statement.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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