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University of Wyoming

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Phone
(307) 766-1121
Email address
admissions@uwyo.edu
School Information
"UW has since grown into a major teaching and research university with approximately 13,500 students and more than 700 faculty members. Throughout its existence, UW has been the only four-year university in the state of Wyoming, though it has maintained a close relationship with the state’s community colleges. "Programs such as athletics, agricultural extension, state and federal partnerships—and more recent initiatives such as the School of Energy Resources and the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center—have played important roles in the lives of many Wyoming residents and communities for almost 125 years." The university also has numerous academic programs across its 11 divisions. (Source: https://www.uwyo.edu/uw/aboutuw/points-of-pride.html)
General Information
The University of Wyoming has not yet instituted university-wide requirements for antiracism training or education. However, it has allowed individual colleges to take initiatives to teach critical race theory. Currently, the university's geosciences department has a course on diversity. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In July 2022, UW will host the "Black 14 Social Justice Summer Institute." This "multi-day overnight program... provides rising junior and senior high school students with the opportunity to research contemporary issues related to and important to the Black community at the local, state, national, and world-wide levels."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • UW offers an online course titled, "Anti-Racism." This three-part series is "intended for anyone who is interested in learning about race and racism, particularly in the context of the United States, wants to be an anti-racist advocate, or seeks to incorporate anti-racist practices into their daily lives."
Program and Research Funding
  • The DEI Office's Social Justice Research Center provides funding for social justice projects and research.
Resources
  • Geosciences Department offers diversity class.
  • The university will be hosting a series of a events during Black History Month under the theme of "The Death of Black Wall Street and the Myth of the American Dream".
  • "UW’s Black Studies Center and Advising, Career and Exploratory Studies (ACES) will offer the five-week study of 'How to be an Antiracist' by Ibram Kendi."
  • The library offers resources defining "microaggressions" and the need for anti-racism.
Symbolic Actions
  • In July 2021, the Black Studies Center hosted the virtual inaugural Cultural Competent Summer Forum Series. As part of this series, it offered a mini-symposium discussing “What to the Slave’s Children is the Fourth of July?” and the “Deconstruction of the Neoconservative Movement to Erase Critical Race Theory from Public Education,” among many other topics.
  • In April 2022, the Black Studies Center hosted the "Anti-Racism Collective Courageous Conversation" to "provide a safe space for students to dialogue with students on diverse campuses and fill the holes in the traditional diversity, equity, and inclusion endeavors."
  • In 2020, the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion had subcommittees on "BLM and systemic racism," "inclusive physical spaces," "pay equity," etc.
  • UW announced its Strategic Plan for DEI for 2017-2022.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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