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University of Vermont

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
184 S Prospect St
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone
(802) 656-3131
Email address
admissions@uvm.edu
School Information
"Since 1791, the University of Vermont has worked to move humankind forward. Today, UVM is a Public Ivy and top research university of a perfect size, large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, yet small enough to enable close faculty-student mentorship across all levels of study, from bachelor’s to M.D. programs. Here, students’ educational experience and activities are enriched by our location — from the energy and innovation of Burlington to the forests, farms, and independent spirit of Vermont." The university offers over 100 bachelor degree programs, 61 master's degree programs, and 27 doctoral programs, enrolls over 12,700 students, and has a student-faculty ratio of 16:1. (Source: https://www.uvm.edu/about_uvm) (Source:
General Information
The University of Vermont recently gave a teach-in where it asserted that "whiteness" established "social control" and is "intertwined with systemic racism". Whether this presentation will lead to a formal university policy is not yet known. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On June 29, 2023, UV's President issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which states the following: "Our admissions processes reflect our commitment to inclusive excellence. Our current processes fairly and holistically consider academic, nonacademic, and relevant contextual factors of each applicant to achieve a diverse student body in the broadest sense of that word. The Court’s rulings will require us to ensure that each of our processes and programs is designed to achieve these means in a manner consistent with the equal protection standards described by the Court. Our admissions team will continue their collaborations with appropriate university offices to understand and apply today’s ruling and ensure UVM’s processes remain compliant."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The University of Vermont has a General Education Diversity Requirement where all students must complete “one 3-credit course from Diversity Category One (D1) (Race and Racism in the U.S.)” and “a second 3-credit course from either Diversity Category One (D1) or Diversity Category Two (D2)(the Diversity of Human Experience).”
Program and Research Funding
  • CESS’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan committed to an effort to “ensure that proposal guidelines for internal grants (e.g., the CESS Strategic Innovation Fund program) to reflect specific criteria around diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, and give preference to high quality proposals that demonstrate impact on these criteria.”
  • The College of Arts and Sciences has a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor program.
Resources
  • The university recently hosted a teach-in where it asserted that "whiteness" established "social control" and is "intertwined with systemic racism". Whether this presentation will lead to a formal university policy is not yet known.
  • The university is offering a summer course titled, "Foundations: D1:Race and Racism in the U.S." It intends to help "students ... investigate the multi-faceted concepts of identity, racism, and the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression in the United States."
  • University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services offers anti-racism resources, anti-racism affinity spaces, and an anti-racism instructor guide.
  • CESS will “create a mentorship and retention program for CESS undergraduate and graduate students from historically marginalized backgrounds.”
  • CESS set a goal to “create a CESS diversity and inclusive excellence webpage encompassing our strategic priorities and impact, while integrating content throughout all CESS web pages.”
  • The University of Vermont Libraries has a research guide dedicated towards “Racial Justice & Anti-Racism Resources.” One of the many resources within the research guide is Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Anti-racist.”
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts several programs and initiatives, including the “University Diversity Council,” “Teach-in: Finding Answers Together,” and “Amazing Grace: Finding Answers Together.”
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offers several Signature Events, such as the Health Equity Summit and the Inclusion Excellence Symposium.
  • The University of Vermont’s Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has a site dedicated towards “Inclusivity Professional Development & Resources.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Department of Anthropology released a statement confirming its firm committment to "active antiracist efforts."
  • The College of Education and Social Services made a statement as part of “Solidarity Against Racism, Police Brutality, and Injustice.”
  • The College of Education & Social Services crafted the 2020-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan which included a goal to “Work collectively to propose shared terminology and definitions (e.g., critical consciousness, multicultural competency) and establish a process for engaging faculty, staff, students and community partners in discussions of key concepts underpinning our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion” in addition to providing faculty and staff with professional development programming.
  • Another goal of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan from CESS is to “continue to prioritize the hiring of faculty and staff who embrace the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion centered practices in their research, teaching, and practice” in addition to faculty “who are members of groups historically marginalized.”
  • The College of Education & Social Services will “continue to support regular faculty-, staff-, and student-led discussions about issues of climate, discrimination, and race open to CESS students, faculty, and staff.”
  • The University of Vermont’s Institute for Agroecology released its Antiracism and Justice Statement, stating, “We center anti-racist work while challenging all forms of oppression.”
Last updated April 25th, 2024
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