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University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
285 Old Westport Road
Auditorium Annex, lower level
Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747
(508) 999-8605
Email address
School Information
"UMass Dartmouth traces its roots to 1895, when the state legislature chartered two textile schools: New Bedford Textile School and the Bradford Durfee Textile School in Fall River. As the region’s economic base shifted from textiles to more diverse manufacturing and service industries, the colleges changed, too. They diversified their curricula, responding to the needs of new generations of students" (Source: The total undergraduate enrollment is 6,800 and the total enrollment is 8,500. The university offers 92 fields of study for undergraduates, 34 Master's degree programs, and 16 Doctorate programs of study. The student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1.
General Information
UMass Dartmouth has hosted numerous events for anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university also has partnered with other colleges in launching a Leadership Academy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On July 6, 2023, the UMass Dartmouth Chief Diversity Officer issued a response to the Supreme Court's fair admissions decision, which reads in part as follows: "I know that many of you will be deeply disappointed, as I was, to see the elimination of...the race-conscious admission programs employed by the country’s most highly selective institutions. At UMass Dartmouth...we will continue to recruit underrepresented students, including low-income and first-generation students, with the goal of enrolling a more diverse student body."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides training "related to discrimination and harassment prevention, Title IX and sexual misconduct, and unconscious bias."
Program and Research Funding
  • The Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality strives to encompass "an actively anti-racist lens that decenters white supremacy."
  • In collaboration with UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Harvard University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Wheaton, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges, UMass Amherst's Institute of Diversity Sciences launched a Leadership Academy "led by equity and inclusion expert Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta" in Summer 2020.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The Police Review and Racial Equity Committee "examine[s] the budget, organization, operation, and policies involving policing and public safety on the UMass Dartmouth campus, and make recommendations for changes, if needed."
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion directs student to obtaining numerous diversity resources.
  • The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network, to which UMass Dartmouth belongs, hosted two DEI events in August 2021.
  • UMass Dartmouth hosted a virtual talk with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, an expert in critical race theory, in October 2020. The topic of this talk was "Educating for Diversity in the Midst of Pandemics."
  • On March 31, 2023, the UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement hosted the "Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Anti-Racist Community Engagement," which featured "panels and workshops led by authors from a forthcoming book on Anti-Racist Community Engagement to be published by Campus Compact in Summer 2023...."
Symbolic Actions
  • UMass Dartmouth released a statement of solidarity for the death of George Floyd on June 2, 2020 by stating, "I remain committed to the principle of social justice and reaffirm that we will do all that we can, as a campus community, to identify and address acts of racism."
  • The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is to "eradicate discrimination and bias while promoting equity and social justice."
Last updated February 5th, 2024
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