Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Applied Design acknowledges the immense value of Diversity, is committed to creating an Inclusive Environment for all, and aims to promote Equity in our communities.

We believe that Diversity in all its forms strengthens, enriches, and nourishes our community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders. We also believe that Diversity is critical to the creative processes that we rigorously pursue in our teaching, research, outreach, and other creative endeavors.

We commit to creating an inclusive learning and work environment that embraces people from all walks of life, where everyone feels safe and has access to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive. Likewise, we commit to creating an environment where assumptions and biases can be challenged through respectful and open communication, an attitude of continuous learning and growth, and a willingness to affect responsive change.

We aspire to promote Equity in our internal community of students, faculty, and staff and in the communities that we serve locally and globally. We aim to create a more inclusive and just society through our scholarly work, our interactions with external communities, and the impactful work of our amazingly talented graduates.

The Department of Applied Design embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as a path to achieve the ultimate promise of the design disciplines: to create a better world by improving all people’s quality of life.