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Commitment to Diversity

Our Commitment to Diversity

Based on Moore’s legacy and commitment to excellence, leadership, professionalism, and respect, we continuously strive to empower all individuals to find their own voice and to hear the diverse voices of others. Moore seeks to ensure a safe, inclusive and creative environment where students, faculty and staff can acknowledge and celebrate all that represents the College. In February 2016, the College formed a faculty/staff diversity committee to begin to identify and address issues around diversity.

In May 2016, the Board of Trustees approved the College’s 5 year Strategic Plan.  Two key strategies were added to the plan for 2017-2021:

  • Increase the diversity of faculty, guest lectures, faculty fellows, critics, and artists.
  • Provide opportunities for the community to learn and explore issues around diversity, inequality, inclusion, and academic freedom.

Based on these strategies, the faculty and staff committee set the following goals:

  • Establish programs, plan events, and complete a campus-wide climate survey in order to foster an environment that supports diversity and inclusion.
  • Improve inclusivity in teaching and continue to incorporate diversity and inclusion in teaching, and learning.

Progress to date:

Collaboration between the Moore Faculty/Staff Diversity Committee and the student-run Moore Diverse group

Administer the Student Campus Climate Survey (results due November 2017)

Diversity workshop in fall 2017 – all student leaders, and all first-year students in Visual Thinking class

A faculty in-service training was held in August 2017 to discuss how to better support students. 

Next steps for the committee:

Start conversation series – panel discussion organized by faculty, staff, and students

Complete Campus Climate Survey for faculty and staff, and analyze results in spring/summer 2018

Hold focus groups to dig deeper into survey results

Identify top priorities

Identify appropriate training/workshops

Faculty/staff diversity training – work with Faculty Forum, Academic Dean, Staff Council

Annually re-evaluate goals and strategies – they may evolve based on survey results, on-going work, world events, etc.

Bring in an outside facilitator for a Diversity Awareness Workshop open to all interested students, faculty, and staff

Develop a civility statement (fall 2017)

Other commitments made by the College:

Academic Dean, Patti Phillips will ask faculty to review program curriculum, as well as their own syllabi to consider and propose ways to include and identify additional ways to represent the work of diverse artists, authors, critics, and contrastive perspectives.

Faculty will be encouraged to broaden and deepen the diversity of perspectives and pedagogies, visiting artists and critics, and presenters in courses and college public programs.

Moore participated in the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow Program for 2017-2018. The Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship provides professional practice opportunities to high-achieving graduate alumni.  AICAD and Moore are committed to this program, as it contributes to the goal of increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of our faculty, and creates a climate that recognizes and values diversity as central to excellence.  Preference will be given to applicants who contribute to the goal of increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of AICAD faculty. Click here for more information

Diversity will be a primary focus of faculty in-service in January 2018.

Human Resources is investigating resources for job postings to reach a more diverse pool of applicants for open positions.

A Board member will be added to the Faculty/Staff Diversity Committee.

The Academic Dean will work with the Director of the Library to do an assessment of the collection to determine if additional resources are needed to support a more relevant collection and to establish the Connelly Library as a site for readings and research, discussions and conversations on race and diversity.

For more information, or to get involved, contact one of the following Faculty/Staff Committee members:

Asuka Goto           
Emily Johnson     
Kelly Kirby            
Matt Kalasky       
Amanda Leftwich        
Francine Martini        
John McDaniel        
Matthew Point                
Steve Scaduto         
Veronica Scarpellino    
Joan Stevens         
Claudine Thomas         
Daniel Tucker        
Heather Ujiie         
Jonathan Wallis
James Johnson
Nasheli Ortiz
Josh Wilkin


Diversity & Inclusion Monthly Programming – Spring 2018


January  MLK Day

Student Government Sponsors: MLK Day of Service                                               

February Black History Month

Thursday, February 8 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design – 1916 Race St. Join The Galleries as we host a conversation between artist Kara Springer and Imani Roach - managing editor at Philadelphia's Artblog. This event is in conjunction with Springer’s installation, "Ten Days Before Freedom, A Hymnal" on view in The Galleries till March 17.            

Black Student Union is hosting guest speaker, Yolanda Jernigan, Moore Alumna 03’ to speak at their next meeting on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:30AM in the Media Room. 
Mattie Brice: Play Artist, Design Researcher & Educator
Wednesday, February 21 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm The Galleries at Moore College of Art & DesigJoin The Galleries as we welcome play artist and design researcher Mattie Brice as she presents on her interdisciplinary body of work investigating games, politics, and social networks. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition "Not Ready To Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls In The Artworld And Beyond" on view until March 17.                                                         

Student Services and Educational Support Services sponsors The Black History Mobile Museum on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 10AM – 5PM in the Great Hall. Presentation from Khalid el-Hakim 12:30 - 1:30 pm                                                                  


Sci-Fi as Survival: Readings from Metropolarity and Moore Students

Thursday, March 1 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm It’s a night of speculative sci-fi readings featuring characters and stories from diverse and inclusive universes. Students from Moore’s humanities course, “Topics in Literature: Worldbuilding Through the Lens of Afrofuturism” with instructor Dr. Li Sumpter will share their stories alongside members of the Philadelphia based sci-fi and action collective, Metropolarity. Reading Metropolarity members include, Alex Smith, Cutlass (f.k.a. Ras Mashramani) and Monk (f.k.a. Maggie Eighteen) This event is in conjunction with the exhibition "Not Ready To Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls In The Artworld and Beyond" on view until March 17.

Student Services sponsors Telling Her Story: A collection of women faculty and staff who will share wisdom and stories of empowerment :

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:30AM/SP 205: Lynn Palewicz, Assistant Professor and Chair of Foundation
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 11:30AM/ Media Room:  Carlee Myers, Development Associate
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:30AM/ Media Room: Nasheli Ortiz, Assistant Professor and Chair of Fashion Design
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 11:30AM/ SP 205: Wydelah Campbell, Admissions Counselor
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 11:30AM/ Media Room: Heather Ujiie, Interdisciplinary Assistant Professor                                                                                      

Guerrilla Girls Performance & Talk
Thursday, March 15 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Join The Galleries as we welcome an original member of the Guerrilla Girl artist collective for a special performance plus a conversation with “Not Ready To Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls In The Artworld and Beyond” curator Neysa Page-Lieberman. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition "Not Ready To Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls In The Artworld and Beyond” on view until March 17.           

Friday March 23rd 6:30-8:00 - Moore and the Fabric Workshop and Museum will co-sponsor a lecture by Carrie Mae Weems in Graham Auditorium.

Tuesday March 27th, 6:30pm Conversations @ Moore in Graham Auditorium. - Reflection on Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, Monument Lab, Speech Acts and Philadelphia Assembled


Past Events

  • Sept. 23 @ The Galleries at MooreTheater of the Oppressed, 11 am - 4 pm

  • Sept. 29 @ Philadelphia Museum of Art, presentation of Wendy Ewald’s work Immigrant Alphabet Project. The event is free but registration required.

  • Sept. 7 - Oct 8 @ Racso Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Exhibition, Cuba: Beauty and Sadness by Sandy Stolzman

  • Oct. 8 @ UArts – Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art & Technology (1968-1985)

  • Oct. 11 @ Penn – Becoming Who We Are: The Declaration, the Constitution, and the U.S.

  • Oct. 13 @ Moore – Black Student Union (BSU) sponsors student art show

  • Oct. 20 through Jan 14 @ Barnes Foundation, Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist

  • Nov. 2 @ The Galleries at Moore – Wavelengths: an ongoing drag and burlesque show curated and hosted by Katie Rauth (aka Lezzie McGuire) that uses gendered performance to explore marginalized identities and the politics by which they are surrounded. Within the show, local artists from Philadelphia and NYC reclaim forms of performance that are oftentimes seen as "low brow” or “bar performance”, engaging their audience in deeply personal performances that spark conversation about larger topics surrounding gender, race, mental health and queerness.

  • Nov. 18 @ Taller Puertorriqueño, Nerdtino Expo 2017, the first Latinx Comic Book, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, & Pop Culture Convention on the East Coast! Celebrate the history and presence of Latinx, Hispanic, Xicano, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Caribbean creators and fans in Geek Culture. $20 for students.

  • Dec. 8 @ The Theater in the X, Art of Survival, Agents of Escape, A collaboration between The Escape Artist Initiative and the Theatre in the X, brought together by Moore professor Li Sumpter. The Escape Artist Initiative (EAI) is an artist-led, community-based awareness and direct action campaign that promotes preparedness and public safety in underserved and overlooked communities. Theatre in the X provides the people of West Philadelphia and the African American community at large the opportunity to see professional quality theater in their own neighborhood for no cost.

  • Dec. 9 @ Taller Puertorriqueño, Meet the Author: Raquel Salas-Rivera, a Puerto Rican poet, writer, and translator based in Philadelphia. Salas-Rivera will read a selection of recent poems from oropel/tinsel (2016) in both English and Spanish, exploring the moments of bilingual friction that express the poet’s dual identity as a Puerto Rican and Philadelphia resident and reaching out to other bilingual readers who share the poet’s dual linguistic identity. Salas Rivera’s poetry aims to merge the voice of the reader and the speaker of her poems, creating a private space of intimate connection through reading.