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Anti-Racism Initiative

What is the timeline for Meredith’s initiative on anti-racism? 
Formally launched in Summer 2020, Meredith’s initiative on anti-racism is a comprehensive, long-term commitment. Our work is grounded in cultural humility, meaning we must acknowledge how our experiences differ and to what effect. A campus climate survey gave students, alumnae/i, faculty, and staff an opportunity to share their experiences in a safe manner. The College is working to hire a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) staff person who will report directly to the president of the College, establishing a DEI office in 2021-22, and we are reviewing and modifying practices and policies that disadvantage BIPOC members of our community. The College’s anti-racism work is thoughtful, well-informed, and ongoing, and will be incorporated intentionally throughout the next iteration of the Strategic Plan, which guides every aspect of the College’s work.

What is Meredith’s initiative on anti-racism addressing?

Through the initiative on anti-racism, the College is

  • reviewing collected data from various surveys and reports to more fully understand the experiences of students, alumnae, and employees regarding race;
  • reviewing the student and employee handbooks for clear expectations of behavior regarding race and consequences for violations of those expectations;
  • incorporating the lessons of race and contributions of diverse populations throughout the curriculum;
  • providing anti-racism and microagression training for faculty and staff;
  • establishing guidelines for the equitable treatment of all students in the classroom and through the honor code, traditions, recruiting, financial aid, housing, and more;
  • reviewing HR policies and practices for recruiting, hiring, evaluating, and dismissal;
  • remaining open to other aspects of the College that need to be addressed.

     

Historical Context and Naming

Is Meredith College changing its name or the names of any of its buildings?
The Meredith College Board of Trustees is the exclusive authority on renaming decisions. The Task Force on Historical Context and Naming at Meredith was co-chaired by the Trustees Chair and Vice Chair. The committee, which included trustees, alumnae, and employees, was diverse by race, gender, and age. Committee members developed a process for discussing the history and context of the naming and potential renaming of buildings at Meredith College. Their work was turned over to the Executive Committee of the Board, which is working through the recommendations and applications to individuals and named buildings. The committee is not responsible for making decisions to change the names of any buildings, programs, or other entities at Meredith. 

Opportunities for Involvement

How can I be a part of this effort?

Thank you for your interest in participating in this important initiative. We are called to be thoughtful in assessing our history, action and ongoing work. Feedback can be emailed to anti-racismupdates@meredith.edu. As our work unfolds, we will share additional ways to get involved as opportunities arise. We thank you for your interest, patience, and support for this critical work.

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