Fine Arts Diversity Committee

Students participate in a workshop funded by the Guest Artist Initiative.The College of Fine Arts is committed to fostering a culture and climate that is inclusive and welcoming of students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints.

“Being a diverse learning and research community is essential to the creativity and contest of ideas that are central to any arts college,” said Dean Doug Dempster. “The College of Fine Arts should be a leader at UT in supporting and fostering an inclusive culture that is so central to who we are and what we do.”

The Fine Arts Diversity Committee is a partnership between the college and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to create and implement a comprehensive diversity strategic plan. Formed as a taskforce in 2012, the committee is made up of representatives from faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students from the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts, as well as staff from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Office for Inclusion and Equity.

After a two-year planning and research process, the committee shared its strategic plan in 2014, and the college is actively working to implement the goals of the five-year plan, which covers 2014–2019.

As of spring 2017, the committee can report progress in the following areas:

Celebrating Diversity in Fine Arts

VR Projects Get Real at AET Showcase

Monday, May 14, 2018   |  The Austin American-Statesman
a woman wears a virtual reality headset at the AET showcase

Students from the UT Austin's Arts and Entertainment Technologies department of the School of Design and Creative Technologies held their AET Showcase, featuring five years of student-designed games and videos.

Four Students To Be Highlighted at Spring Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
four student images

This spring, the College of Fine Arts will highlight four outstanding students at the upcoming spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18. These students were selected by the chairs of their respective departments as examples of excellence in the college.

Faculty Member Lisa B. Thompson Named One of "The Texas Ten"

Tuesday, May 8, 2018   |  The Alcalde
Lisa thompson

Associate professor Lisa B. Thompson (Performance as Public Practice) has been named one of "The Texas Ten" by The Alcalde, awarded to those nominated by alumni as their favorite faculty members from their time on the Forty Acres.