Critical Race Training in Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
130 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
Phone
(919) 962-2211
School Information
"The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students. In Chapel Hill, students develop a voice for critical thought and the courage to guide change. They connect to the future they’re already shaping. Carolina is committed to access for all, providing life-changing opportunities such as the Carolina Covenant, which promises a debt-free education to low-income students." The university enrolls over 30,100 students, employs over 3,800 faculty, and offer over 240 academic programs. (Source: https://www.unc.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.unc.edu/about/by-the-numbers/)
General Information
UNC Chapel Hill's music department introduced a "Do the Work Wednesday" series, providing anti-racist resources, as well as posts on racism and sexism in American music theory. As this is a new initiative, updates are expected. Additionally, the Racial Equity Task Force recommended bias training for students, faculty, and staff members. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Resources

    UNC's music department introduced a "Do the Work Wednesday" series, providing anti-racist resources, as well as posts on racism and sexism in American music theory.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    UNC's "Racial Equity Task Force" recommended that, "Students, faculty and staff members across the university system, especially those in supervisory roles, should be trained in racial and cultural issues and to recognize bias."

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    UNC's "Racial Equity Task Force" recommended that, "campus police agencies refer more students to counseling or the student conduct process rather than prosecuting them criminally."

  • Resources

    The School of Medicine offers a “DEI Certificate” that is intended to “broaden awareness about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topics among the SOM faculty/staff and deepen engagement with and between individuals in the SOM at all levels – from patients to leadership.” It can be obtained (not mandatory) by participating in workshops over three semesters, with two required (“Unconscious Bias” and “Respecting All”) and 4 other elective workshops (e.g. “’Can We Talk About Race?’” and “Implicit Bias 101”).

  • Resources

    The UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion holds a “Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium” which is intended to promote the causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while simultaneously addressing concepts such as “implicit bias.”

  • Resources

    The UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion holds "Carolina Conversations” events that are all intended to promote the causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while simultaneously addressing concepts such as “implicit bias.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    The ODI provides awards for the most active members in the university (faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, etc. ) in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Resources

    The UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion holds an annual “THINKposium" which is intended to promote the causes of diversity, equity, and inclusion, while simultaneously addressing concepts such as “implicit bias.”

  • Resources

    UNC Libraries has a full page full of resources related to understanding and combatting “implicit bias” in favor of DEI.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz announced through a mass email and online letter that UNC faculty and staff will be required to participate in “diversity, equity and inclusion training” beginning in March. This Is the first of several planned trainings (this one titled: “Managing Bias”), and a separate training program is in development for the undergraduate students as well.

  • Symbolic Actions

    UNC History Department posted a “Statement on White House Memo Barring Federal Agencies from Race-Related Trainings” in response to a Trump administration memo banning Critical Race Theory training sessions. The Letter claims that ”Critical Race Theory is not propaganda. It is a scholarly framework that describes how race, class, gender, and sexuality organize American life.”

  • Symbolic Actions

    In June, UNC promised the establishment of a DEI advisory board and a series of “climate surveys”.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    In June, UNC proposed the creation of a “Racial Equity Institute” training for senior leaders (vice chancellors, vice provosts, deans)

  • Symbolic Actions

    Gillings School of Global Public Health has a dedicated “Inclusive Equity Team” to promote DEI, as also expressed in their message on “Our Commitment to Equity.”

  • Resources

    School of Law now offers Critical Race Theory based courses for its students. These are: “Critical Race Lawyering Clinic;” “Critical Legal Thought/Critical Lawyering;” “Critical Race Theory;” “Black Lives Matter and the Law.”

  • Resources

    School of Law Library created a ““Critical Race Theory and Racial Justice Legal Research Guide” intended to support research on the topic of Critical Race.

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    The English and Comparative Literature Department's “Diversity & Inclusion” page includes a “Statement of Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement,”

  • Resources

    Department of English and Comparative Literature's page contains a “D&I Committee” link, and an assortment of DEI related material.

  • Resources

    English & Comparative Literature Department offers a course called “Critical Race Theory-Graduate Seminar” for graduate students (ENGL 875).

  • Resources

    The School of Education offers two courses explicitly based on Critical Race Theory: EDUC 512 “Critical Examination of Racism and Education: African American Case Example” & EDUC 972 “Critical Race Theory: History, Research, and Practice”

  • Resources

    UNC has a Postdoc program for the purpose of “develop[ing] scholars who can contribute to the diversity of the campus” and transitioning them to a tenure track position at UNC or other research universities.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Letter posted on Department of Geography homepage in June highlighted the need to “implement anti-racism in our department, discipline, and institution.”

Last updated May 31st, 2021