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Departmental DEI statement

April 5, 2021

The Department of Art & Art History is committed to building an equitable, antiracist, and non-discriminatory environment that empowers all students, staff, faculty, and community members.

We make art, teach, learn, curate, research, write, and support all these activities with a shared commitment to generate a positive difference in society. Yet, we understand that such progress cannot be achieved without fighting oppression in all its forms. Indeed, to produce exceptional art, education, and scholarship we must value each other’s unique backgrounds, experiences, visions, and trajectories. We must also actively undo the long legacies of power that have privileged the few, and study and contend with the role art has played in upholding and furthering injustices. Therefore, we commit to creating systemic change by further developing and implementing policies and pedagogies that actively foster diversity, combat inequality and discrimination, decenter whiteness, and produce engagement both within and beyond the University. Only through these sustained actions will each of us be able to truly see ourselves within and feel part of our community of learners; hone our talents and skills; reach the revelatory and transformative potential of art; and continue the collective work of creating the just world we all need.