Mural with two skulls at left and right, in front of a vibrant red/orange and green leaf motif, with the words "Silence is Violence" in between the two skulls.

Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee

We call on the unique power of the arts to challenge, illuminate, and transform the status quo in order to bring awareness, healing, empathy, hope, and joy to the interconnected world in which we live.

Susan Zaeske, Interim Director

Action Plan

Based on the commitments and goals outlined above, the IDEA Committee put together an action plan of current efforts as well as initiatives we will pursue in the short-term and long-term.

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

Communications

Current:

  • Integrated Marketing & Communications staff will present quarterly at Division staff meetings on measurable indicators
  • Review Arts on Campus materials to make sure they are culturally appropriate and relevant
  • Center and highlight BIPOC artists in social media
  • Implement use of accessible language and accessible technologies in our communication materials consistent with the audiences we are trying to reach

Future:

  • Clearly articulate IDEA priority in the DotA mission, vision, and core values

Outreach

Current:

  • Promote campus and community arts events via DotA communications channels
  • Maintain memberships with local cultural organizations
  • Continue or increase amount of advertising in diverse local media outlets

Future:

  • Connect and establish relationships with identified student multicultural organizations or initiatives (preferably arts-focused) to learn how we can support them with their programming

Long-Term:

  • Provide active support to identified student organizations based on feedback

Workplace

Current:

  • Research, compile and share self-education resources
  • Require all Division of the Arts employees to engage in dedicated DEI training and education

Future:

  • Improve percentage of candidates with socially marginalized identities for DotA’s hiring pool

Programming

Current:

  • Explore possibility of a DEI Arts Committee (Working Group) including BIPOC arts faculty, staff and students

Future:

  • Review programming and increase hiring of BIPOC artists for each DotA program
  • Include an IDEA statement in calls for Creative Arts Awards and Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP)
  • Include BIPOC IARP artists and guests in programming with The Studio Creative Arts Learning Community

Student Support

Future:

  • Create a running list of potential BIPOC artists for future calls and opportunities (more in the region for mentoring for in-person)
  • Survey the interests and priorities of student organizations for engaging in artist dialogue to begin establishing relationships with student organizations relevant to IDEA vision

Long-Term:

  • Partner with The Studio and student organizations to hire BIPOC artists to speak about their practice and plan programming in partnership with student organization(s)
  • Work on finding a solution to prevent student awards from impacting financial aid
  • Host a fundraiser for arts students
  • Establish new awards or funding that supports BIPOC arts production, research, and scholarship
  • Awards and funding opportunities specifically welcoming work that advances IDEA vision and priorities or addresses IDEA issues
  • Research existence of “safe spaces” for students of color on campus to either create or display their artwork, and if needed create a Division-sponsored or led space

Updates