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Willamette University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
900 State St
Salem, Oregon 97301
(503) 370-6300
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School Information
Connecting the heart of Oregon to the world, our innovative approach to education has been cultivating leaders since 1842. Willamette University is rooted in a history of creativity and inventiveness. We’re committed to rigorous education, excellent scholarship, and original thinking. We believe that higher education must not only prepare students for the future, but guide them toward innovating their own paths. The Oregon State Capitol grew up around Willamette University. Our students and graduates have always had a special connection to Oregon's state government and courts, helping them to prepare for careers as state, national, and global leaders. (source:
General Information
Willamette University does not appear to have any explicit CRT training requirements for faculty, staff, or students. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion offers a substantial list of suggested / recommended resources and trainings. The president and various officers have made several statements throughout 2020 and 2021 in support of Black Lives Matter, progressive electoral actions, and furthering anti-racist measures at the university. See details below.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Willamette's Access to Excellence admissions program is for "admitted students who are first-generation to attend college; self-identify as a student of color; and/or are eligible for the Pell Grant, or qualify for free or reduced lunch."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • LinkedIn offers free diversity training to the Willamette community which includes a course on unconscious bias.
  • The Office of Institutional Equity's 2022-2023 Annual Report states, "The purpose of the search advocate workshop is to train employees to fill a role on search committees devoted to advising committee members on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues related to hiring practice to ensure a process that promotes positive outcomes." Training took place with "faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Office of Institutional Equity's 2022-2023 Annual Report states that the the Institutional Equity Committee is charged with "providing best practices for inclusion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in [the] curriculum...."
  • The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion published an anti-racist reading list.
  • On September 29, 2023, Willamette hosted an event titled "'Ban This!': Critical Race Theory, Whiteness, and the Return of American Fascism," which featured panelists Dr. Carmen P. Thompson and Dr. Christopher Ian Foster.
  • The Conversation Project at Willamette is an "initiative to cultivate capacity for honest, transformative dialogue" and where "storytelling and active listening are vital for creating equitable and inclusive communities."
  • The Office of Intercultural Engagement & Inclusion at Willamette is "committed to providing students with resources, a safe space, & opportunities to engage in community building & social justice through programming opportunities and transformational moments."
  • Willamette's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion resource webpage includes: "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi, "Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race" by Reni Eddo-Lodge, and "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander.
Symbolic Actions
  • Willamette University Theatre released an "Anti-Racist Statement claiming, "anti-racism is an explicit core value and is central to our mission in the training of theatre artists and our standards of excellence."
  • As part of the Office of Institutional Equity's 2022-2023 Annual Report, the Institutional Equity Committee states, "We recognize and acknowledge societal and institutional structures of inequity are rooted in Eurocentrism, inequalities that have long been expressed through white supremacy, the ongoing oppression of groups not defined as white, and racist violence."
Last updated February 29th, 2024
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