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DEI+A Arts Divisional Highlights 2018-2021

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  • All eight arts units have created diversity statements that are posted on their websites. Most units also have DEI+A committees.
  • A division-wide Arts Diversity Liaison committee meets quarterly to share best practices, build cross-unit knowledge, and advise Divisional Dean. 
  • All Arts units produce an annual DEI+A report which identifies goals, tracks progress, ensures accountability, and makes our activities known to our constituents. 
  • Burke, Henry and Meany, as public-facing arts units, launched in 2021 “Remaking Our Institutions for a More Just World,” a collaborative project for sharing cross-unit knowledge and best practices on DEI+A issues. 
  • The Division collaborates with Arts Diversity Council, a registered student organization founded in 2017, that provides encouragement and support for students of color in the arts.


  • All arts academic departments have developed unit-specific promotion and tenure guidelines to ensure that expectations are transparently known and consistently applied. 
  • All faculty search committees receive anti-bias training, utilize selection rubrics, and require diversity statements of applicants. 
  • The majority of arts searches in AY21 resulted in hires of BIPOC faculty. 
  • Dean-sponsored faculty development and cohort building activities for junior and mid-career faculty hosted throughout the year. 


  • Held divisional DEI+A retreat in December 2019 for all arts leaders to gain shared understanding of key terms and discuss best practices for diversity committees. Led by Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Advancement, Chad Allen. 
  • Divisional Dean provides regular co-sponsorship for unit-level DEI+A trainings and consultants. 
  • Arts dean also regularly supports department initiatives aimed at providing diversity, equity, inclusion and access, such as the free Materials Lab for art students in the SoAAHD, a project that was launched in partnership with OMAD. 
  • Assisted several arts units to develop protocols for students and others to voice concerns and see that these get addressed fully and promptly.

    Elevating Black Arts: 

    • Promote and amplify the Jacob Lawrence Gallery as the place for black arts on campus, including a major facility renovation and $8.5 funding campaign.
    • Share larger story of the Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency (founded in 2015) in relation to the Arts Facilities Campaign. 
    • Since 2019, the Arts Division has been the lead sponsor of Prof. Kemi Adeyemi’s Black Embodiments Studio, a faculty-led arts writing incubator and public lecture series dedicated to building discourse around contemporary Black art.
    • Since 2020, the Arts Division has approved three new tenure-stream faculty appointments in Black arts.

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