Assessing Outcomes of an Antiracism Unit in a Required First-Year Seminar


  • Paul Dean Author
  • Franchesca V. Nestor Author


first-year seminar, diversity requirements, common reading


This study evaluates student and faculty experiences with an anti-racism unit added to a first-year seminar. Student attitudes about race shifted little, but gains were reported in more racially diverse classrooms and in factual informa- tion on racial inequality. A majority of students reported favorable reactions to an antiracism reading, with the highest support from Black students. Instructor support of the reading decreased over the semester. The authors’ findings indicate that antiracism goals would benefit from approaches that are integrated across the curriculum and that faculty would benefit from ongoing faculty develop- ment. Recommendations are provided.