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.
  • Maintain recruitment and increase the retention and graduation rates for historically under-represented students.
  • Improve recruitment and retention for a diverse faculty and staff.
  • 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
  • Currently administering Campus Climate Survey
  • Diversity workshop in fall 2016 – all student leaders, and all first-year students in Visual Thinking class
  • Events:  Book club – “Dear White America”; Film screening and discussion - Selma; “Read-in” in Library – African-American Authors; Film screening and discussion – Moonlight
  • An all-college meeting with faculty and staff was held in March to discuss how to better support students.  The results of those meetings will be shared with the Academic Affairs and Student Life Board Committees, Faculty Forum, Academic Council, Graduate Council, Managers, and the Diversity Committee.

Next steps for the committee:

  • Start conversation series – panel discussion organized by faculty, staff, and students
  • Complete Campus Climate Survey for students, and analyze results in spring/summer 2017
  • Hold focus groups to dig deeper into survey results
  • Identify top priorities
  • Identify appropriate training/workshops
  • Develop a Faculty/staff Campus Climate survey
  • 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

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 is committed to participating 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 August 2017.
  • 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.
  • Moore will host an “On the Table” discussion about race on 5/23/17.  Click here for details.


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         
Ruth Robbins         
Steve Scaduto         
Veronica Scarpellino    
Joan Stevens         
Claudine Thomas         
Daniel Tucker        
Heather Ujiie         
Jonathan Wallis         


Diversity & Inclusion Monthly Programming – FALL 2017

Month Theme Activities
September National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • The Galleries sponsors: Theatre of the Oppressed - a workshop for Moore students, staff and faculty. You can learn more about the event here (this is for the same public workshop taking place the following Saturday)
  • Writers Studio presents: Readings for Hispanic Heritage Month (led by student Writing Assistant) – Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, and 10/13 at 11:30 AM in The Writers Studio
  • Writers Studio presents: PBS film discussion for Hispanic Heritage Month - Date: 10/13 at 6 PM
  •  Moore Connelly Library display
  • Student Government presents: Double Movie Night in Stewart Auditorium, 9/22 at 7pm, Selena and Frida
  • Student Government presents: Hispanic Heritage Party, 10/1, 8pm in Stahl Hall Penthouse
October LGBTQ History Month
  • Writers Studio presents: Readings for LGBTQ History Month (led by student Writing Assistant) – Dates: 10/20 and 10/27 at 11:30am in The Writers Studio
  • Student Services & ESS presents: field trip to “A Conversation About LGBT Civil Rights: What Challenges Lie Ahead” as a part of Penn’s Diversity Lecture Series. 10/10 at noon at Penn Bookstore, 2nd floor meeting room (free)
  • Career Center encourages students to attend: The annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Wednesday, 10/11 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. As the world’s premier LGBTQ nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQ workplace equality, the annual Workplace Summit brings together over 200 Fortune 1000 companies committed to LGBT recruitment, retention, and promotion.

Kindness Campaign:

  • National Day of Caring - 11/4
  • International Tolerance Day - 11/16
  • World Peace Day - 11/17
  • Student Government sponsors: “Sneaker Week” – a drive during hunger and homelessness awareness week where students collect shoes that are distributed to those in need through a company called Shoebox Recycling. A percentage of the weight of the shoes collected is given in cash to Back on My Feet.


.Opportunities and Resources (Ongoing):

  • 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.