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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              
Kelly Kirby                 
Amanda Leftwich        
Francine Martini        
John McDaniel                        
Veronica Scarpellino    
Joan Stevens         
Claudine Thomas         
Daniel Tucker        
Heather Ujiie         
Jonathan Wallis
James Johnson
Nasheli Ortiz
Josh Wilkin