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Wheaton College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
26 E Main St
Norton, Massachusetts 02766
Phone
(508) 286-8200
School Information
"We create possibilities for our students by offering a full range of studies in the arts, sciences, humanities, mathematics and social sciences. Our approach to the liberal arts emphasizes active learning in the classroom, on the campus and in the real world." The college enrolls over 1,700 students, offers over 100 majors and minors, and has a 11:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/wheaton-college-massachusetts-2227#:~:text=It%20has%20a%20total%20undergraduate,tuition%20and%20fees%20are%20%2456%2C366.) (Source: https://wheatoncollege.edu/about-wheaton-college/)
General Information
Wheaton College has taken significant steps in embedding anti-racism and critical race theory into its training procedures. Training materials for educators tell them to “understand the impact of white supremacy in [their] work,” and to “employ evidence-based anti-racist pedagogy” in their work/teaching, although the exact steps in employing anti-racist teaching are not clear. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Training materials for educators tell them to interrogate their position, “understand the impact of white supremacy in [their] work,” and to “employ evidence-based anti-racist pedagogy” in their work/teaching.
Resources
  • College anti-racist resources page has a section encouraging faculty to “Interrogate the Content in Your Course, Advising, or Training Programs” and students to understand their white privilege.
  • On October 14, 2021, the Office for Institutional Equity and Belonging, and the Diversity, Equity and Access Leadership team hosted a virtual panel discussion on “Understanding Race, Racialization and Systemic Oppression in Higher Education” discussing racism and how to be an anti-racist.
  • Wheaton has a Solidarity Cabinet which focuses on promoting anti-racism throughout the college.
  • Wheaton College has a course on Critical Race Theory.
Symbolic Actions
  • In April of 2021, Wheaton college hosted its first ever, inaugural racially segregated graduation ceremony called the “Inaugural Racialized Minority Recognition Ceremony.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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