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University of Toledo

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2801 Bancroft St
Toledo, Ohio 43606
(800) 586-5336
School Information
The University of Toledo is one of 14 state universities in Ohio. We were established in 1872 and became a member of the state university system in 1967. The University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio merged July 2006 to form the third-largest public university operating budget in the state. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
General Information
The University of Toledo has undertaken dramatic efforts to improve its diversity, equity, and inclusion credibility. It released a “Diversity Plan” which outlines plans to increase minority enrollment and retention, use DEI tests to filter new faculty hires, develop racial training for faculty and coaches, embed equity into hiring, merit, and promotion, and equalize the playing field. These efforts are being conducted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion under the direction of Toledo’s Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. The University also provides wide-ranging resources to advance anti-racism, including promoting the 1619 Project and Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist.” The Office of Diversity and Inclusion lists a host of definitions for race-based terminology. Altered definitions for racism and other words are embedded in this list. There is currently no evidence students are required to undergo racial diversity or critical race theory training, though it is clear the University of Toledo is overtly focused on advancing these ideas.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Under Toledo's "Diversity Plan," it commits to "Increase the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Students." It repeats this goal for faculty and goes further in striving to "increase faculty experience of inclusiveness, equity, and respect." To this end, Toledo plans to "Develop Inclusive Excellence Certification training online."
  • UToledo celebrated "Diversity Month" by hosting numerous events in April 2022.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Under the "Diversity Plan," Toledo will "Create Inclusive Excellence Ambassadors workshops to develop additional training." This training is intended for faculty and staff.
  • Under the "Diversity Plan," Toledo will "Train student success coaches and academic advisors on best practices regarding assisting under-represented minority students." "Training materials address culturally competent practice."
  • Under the "Diversity Plan," Toledo plans to "Coordinate with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to ensure all faculty/administrative hires and applicants for leadership programs in the Office of the Provost are reviewed by the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion."
  • Under the "Diversity Plan," Toledo will "Embed retention and equity work in faculty and staff hiring, merit and promotion."
  • Toledo offers a "Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity." Under the equity category, Toledo writes that "the practice of equity equalizes the playing field."
  • Toledo appointed a Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. The Vice President's "Diversity Plan" is linked here:
  • Toledo provides an "Equity Toolkit" which "is a collection of resources for faculty and staff." "These resources will give you the information you need to better understand UToledo's dedication to anti-racism and demonstrate the opportunities for growth and change that surround our diverse and inclusive institution." The resources include articles, podcasts, videos and films, books, and more. These resources extend to "The 1619 Project," "Mom, Why Don't You have Any Black Friends," "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," "White Fragility," "How to Be an Antiracist," and much more.
  • Toledo's "Office of Diversity and Inclusion" provides a "Racial Lexicon" to define race-related terms. It defines "Anti-Racism" as "The work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life." It defines "Racism" as "involving one group having the power to carry out systematic discrimination through the institutional policies and practices of the society and by shaping the cultural beliefs and values that support those racist policies and practices."
  • The University Libraries Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring the "Anti-Racist Pedagogy Lecture Series," which includes lectures on “Pedagogy of Reflective Inquiry: Racial Inequity, Racist Policy and Anti-Racist Teaching” and “Crap, My Curriculum is Racist! What Do I Do?”
  • As part of the "Dialogues on Diversity series, UToledo held the "Critical Race Theory, Explained” lecture.
Last updated April 12th, 2023
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