Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are core values at the Stamps School of Art & Design and the University of Michigan at large.
DEI at U-M
“At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said U-M President Mark Schlissel. “It is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge.”
DEI at Stamps
The Stamps school continuously strives to further a climate of inclusivity and a diverse population at the school. As Karina Galvan Moore, Director of Admissions at Stamps states, “We pride ourselves on preparing our students to engage with the community locally and then with the world. And we cannot do that well if we ourselves are not diverse.” In 2015, a DEI Planning Committee was formed at the Stamps School to compile data, assess need, and create a strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
“Addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion isn’t only imperative for our school’s success,” says Guna Nadarajan, Dean of the Stamps School of Art & Design. “At Stamps, we help to shape the creative practitioners of tomorrow. Our attention to these matters will have a direct impact on the future of the creative industries and the art and design world at large.”
Stamps DEI Events, Workshops, & Conversations
As part of the Stamps School’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova and Stamps sophomore Yazmon Ector have organized a series of Town Hall Meetings, called “Stamps, Let’s Get Together.” All members of the Stamps community are welcome at these events, scheduled on Thursdays from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Art & Architecture building (2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor). Pizza will be served.
These events provide a safe, productive, and action-oriented space for addressing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Stamps. It is also a chance for us to come together to say to one another: “I value who you are and am glad that you are here.”
Stamps School DEI Plan
The Stamps Strategic DEI Plan reflects our school's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The plan outlines measurable plans and accountability for:
- Faculty, staff, and student recruitment efforts that support a diverse school community
- Retention of students, faculty, lecturers, and staff through the promotion of an equitable and inclusive community.
- Continual research, climate assessments, and accountability for DEI plan implementation
The plan to achieve these goals includes:
- Townhall meetings
- Mentorship opportunities
- Faculty grants for new and revised courses targeting DEI content and pedagogy
- Workshops to build inclusive teaching and cross-cultural competencies
- Travel grants for high need prospective student campus visits
- Student organization support around diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
- Student financial emergency funding
- Exhibition programming
- Improved accessibility
Support from the University of Michigan includes:
- Funding for freshening cross-cultural training curriculum
- New course development to support DEI goals
- Funding for town-hall gatherings and events around DEI goals
- Professional development and training funds for faculty and staff, including inclusive teaching workshops
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the classroom and the studio
As part of its continuing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Stamps School will revise about three academic and/or studio courses each year over the next few years on subject-related diversity issues. Future recruitment efforts will seek to focus on prospective faculty with proven leadership in DEI and a creative work record in areas such as social justice, creative citizenship, community engagement in underrepresented communities, public advocacy, and civil rights.
What is DEI?
Diversity. We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective. We commit to acknowledging the power of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.
Equity. We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunities for all persons and so not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.
Inclusion. We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.
DEI in Action
While the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are a part of everything we do at Stamps, there are moments when DEI themes take center stage.
- 2017-2018 Stamps DE&I Leadership Appointments
- Identity Politics in Art & Design
- Student Spotlight: Elise Haadsma (BFA ’17)
- Staff Spotlight: Brian Banks, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor
- Skateboard Building in Brightmoor
- Discovering the Spark in Creative Relationships
- Talking Blackness with Marianetta Porter
- A World of Women: Celebrating the WOW Café
- Amy Kamdem-Wandji on Stamps in Color
- Designing for Diversity: Building Community at Stamps
- Student Profile: Grace Ludmer
- Exhibition: Chicana Fotos - Nancy De Los Santos
- Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Hank Willis Thomas
- Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Ping Chong
- Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Andrew Logan
- Penny Stamps Speaker Series: Saya Woolfalk
- Penny Stamps Speaker Series: New Negress Film Society
- University Record Covers Stamps DE&I Plan
- Exhibition: Redefining Identity
- Exhibition: Agents of Change
- Detroit Connections
- Stamps Social Engagement
- Brightmoor Maker Space