Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

FAA's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Committee works to engage with all units and areas of the college to create and promote a welcoming, safe, and accessible environment for all.

Visitors to the Black on Black on Black on Black faculty exhibition at KAM

Visitors at the “Black on Black on Black on Black” faculty exhibition at KAM

Statement on Diversity

The University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts recognizes a broad and inclusive concept of diversity as a springboard toward mutual understanding. Diversity encompasses complex differences and similarities in identities and perspectives among members of our college, as well as among individuals who make up the broader global community.

The college’s concept of diversity retains the capacity to continually evolve, embracing a wide spectrum of viewpoints.

Visitors to the Black on Black on Black on Black faculty exhibition at KAM

Visitors at the “Black on Black on Black on Black” faculty exhibition at KAM

FAA DEIA Committee

Committee Structure

  • The committee shall work to advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and access and oppose racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and prejudice in all its forms, in all aspects of the college mission.
  • The committee includes, but is not limited to, one or two faculty or staff from each academic and administrative unit, appointed by the Dean based on recommendations from the unit executive officers. The Dean may also appoint student representatives to the committee. The committee also includes the Associate Dean for DEI, who will serve as the representative for the Dean’s Office. In addition, the committee will invite input from FAA students during at least one meeting per semester.
  • Members will serve staggered terms with possibility of renewal.
  • The Dean shall appoint a chair of the committee; typically this shall be the college’s Associate Dean for DEI. The chair will represent the college in campus-level diversity and accessibility efforts and serve to connect college-level goals and work to campus-level initiatives and priorities.

As stated in the FAA Bylaws.

Current Committee Members

Work in the College

The college has launched a number of projects and initiatives to advance diversity, inclusion, equity, and access while recognizing the deep and rich work and visions offered by our artists, designers, performers, scholars, architects, and activists.

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