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Vassar College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, New York 12604
Phone
(845) 437-7000
Email address
admissions@vassar.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus." The college enrolls over 2,400 students, has 51 majors, and has a 8:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://www.vassar.edu/about/)
General Information
The college has provided students with antiracist resources and programs. In February, the college will be offering a free lecture on "how to survive the white supremacist threat", by Professor Jasmine Syedullah, who teaches “Abolitionist Theory” and “Policing the Planet." No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the Engaged Pluralism Initiative, Vassar College’s Inclusive Pedagogies and Curriculum Group plans to foster inclusive pedagogy and inclusive curriculum initiatives at the college.
Program and Research Funding
  • As part of Vassar College’s quest for racial justice, the college has undertaken many efforts towards racial diversity and equity since 2020 including additions to the curriculum, creation of five new tenure-track faculty positions in racial justice, establishment of the $800,000 Olive Thurman Endowed Fund for Racial Justice, and many other anti-racism initiatives.
Resources
  • The college will be offering a free lecture on "how to survive the white supremacist threat", by Professor Jasmine Syedullah, who teaches “Abolitionist Theory” and “Policing the Planet."
  • Vassar College’s Anti-Racism, Equity, and Justice (AREJ) organization hosts multiple events, workshops, podcasts, discussions and lectures on Anti-Racism, White Privilege Awareness, Defunding the Police, and Abolishing Prisons.
Symbolic Actions
  • On April 28-29, Vassar College will be hosting a conference on Racial Literacy to reflect on K-12 educational experiences with race and to engage in furthering anti-racist works.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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