Critical Race Training in Education
Mailing Address
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, New York 13502
Phone
(315) 792-3006
Email address
admiss@utica.edu
School Information
"Located in the heart of Central New York, Utica College is a comprehensive, independent, private institution founded in 1946. We offer many of the advantages of a large university, such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academic programs, and outstanding faculty, but with an intimacy and a high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private colleges" (Source: https://www.utica.edu/about-utica). Utica offers over 40 undergraduate programs and over 20 graduate programs and its total undergraduate enrollment is nearly 3,500. Utica's student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.
General Information
Utica College recently joined the Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Leadership Alliance. Additionally, the institution became one of the partner colleges of the College and Community Partnership for Racial Justice Reform. Following the death of George Floyd, Utica College released a statement of solidarity. At this time, Utica College requires all faculty and staff to take part in diversity, equity, and inclusion training. The college encourages students to take part in various diversity programming and initiatives. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    Following the death of George Floyd, President Casamento issued a statement saying, "Words cannot fully capture our disgust and outrage over the brutal murder of George Floyd. We cannot accept this senseless act or the social injustices behind it. At the same time, we cannot condone the violence and destruction that has followed, as much as we understand the history that has provoked it."

  • Resources

    Utica College holds a series titled "Dialogue on Race and Equity." These dialogues include a two part program discussing the death of George Floyd.

  • Symbolic Actions

    One of the central values that Utica College holds is "diversity of perspective, background, and experience in an equitable, respectful, and inclusive environment."

  • Program and Research Funding

    Utica College funds both the Black Alumni Association's Jonathan Adewumi '86 Memorial Scholarship and the Dean Alane Varga Black Lives Matter Social Justice Scholarship, the latter being a scholarship that is awarded to students who demonstrate "a commitment to fostering a positive, inclusive and equitable community through engagement in activities furthering social justice."

  • Resources

    Utica College is part of the Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Leadership Alliance. This alliance "seeks to help professionals at colleges develop and achieve equity goals, better understand and correct problems, avoid and recover from racial incidents, and foster sustainable cultures of inclusion." To do this, LACRELA holds a monthly eConvening Series.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    All faculty, staff, and administrators working at Utica College are required to complete the Intergroup Dialogue, Diversity Equity and Inclusion module.

  • Resources

    The Utica College library holds a collection titled "Race and the Black Experience in the United States." This collection includes book on the subject of policing, racial justice, and anti-racism. Ibram X. Kendi's novel, "How to be an Antiracist," is among the novels in the collection.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    In 2020, Utica College joined the "College and Community Partnership for Racial Justice Reform" alongside local institutions. This partnership plans on being a "resource for the community and local government in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and, specifically, to Governor Cuomo's executive order 203." In order to do so, the colleges involved will evaluate their criminal justice proceedings, conduct a population wide survey, and take part in a lecture series discussing the BLM movement and policing. The partnered colleges will reach out to local officials and will also distribute their findings to the public.

  • Symbolic Actions

    In response to the news surrounding Jacob Blake, Utica College released a statement in August, 2020 stating, "As an academic community, and particularly an institution that educates and prepares future criminal justice professionals, we must take this opportunity to teach, learn, and reflect on the meaning of social justice and the important role our future graduates play in supporting and defending it."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Sociology Minor and the Gender Studies Minor both include a discussion of race as part of the guiding perspectives in the curricula.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Law, Justice, and Society Minor requires a course on race.

Last updated August 19th, 2021