Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
IN-47: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 John McKnight
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Institutional Equity and Inclusion
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Social Justice in the Classroom

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Starting with the class of 2024, students will be required to take at least two courses related to questions of social difference and power during their course of study at Connecticut College. In Social Difference and Power courses, students will develop: a more informed understanding of systemic forms of inequality and underlying structures of power and their disproportionate impact on underrepresented and/or marginalized peoples and communities; deeper analyses of social identity and difference. This curricular requirement had been identified as a goal in the Equity and Inclusion Action Plan and was adopted by the Faculty Steering and Conference Committee in May 2019.

The Agnes Gund '60 Dialogue Project was established to train students, faculty and staff to engage in difficult conversations and respect diverse ideas and opinions. Starting in 2019, this program trained faculty and staff to use intergroup dialogue techniques in their classrooms. A First Year Seminar titled "Conversations on Race" was also held in Fall 2019. More information can be found in these news stories:

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Diversity & Affordability

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.