The Fine Arts Diversity Committee (FADC) supports and collaborates with the College of Fine Arts units in the design and implementation of strategies that advance diversity. By actively establishing and fostering a culture of inclusivity throughout the College community, the committee assists in the development of recruitment and retention strategies for underrepresented students, faculty and staff; provides forums for mutual respect, an appreciation of differences, and cross-cultural understandings; and prepares our community for a changing global society.
In 2012, College of Fine Arts Dean Doug Dempster announced plans to create a task force to address issues related to diversity and inclusiveness in the college. The task force was asked to create an ambitious and comprehensive five-year plan that conveyed the college’s commitment to diversity and articulated specific goals, objectives and action plans for implementation.
The committee utilized a multi-stage process developed by Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives staff within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. In 2014, the Fine Arts Diversity Committee delivered to the dean its strategic plan, which reflected two years of work. (For more information on the process, please visit the blog that documented the process.) The five-year plan addressed three broad categories:
- Recommendations for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students
- Recommendations for inclusive curricula and creative programming
- Recommendations for creating a more inclusive and equitable college culture and climate, and the dean approved the proposal.
The dean approved the plan as the Fine Arts Strategic Diversity Plan, and the Provost’s Office generously contributed funding to support the implementation of the committee’s recommendations. Learn more about the process of developing the plan in this archived blog documenting the process.
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