The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, sparked a national reckoning and ongoing movement that is reframing the meaning of responsible citizenship. As an institution whose mission is to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing, CCA has a responsibility to address its own structural inequities; find ways to support and center our BIPOC students, faculty, and staff; and meaningfully promote social justice and civic engagement throughout our community.
We know that a culturally diverse and inclusive campus is integral to academic excellence. We recognize that our college is not immune to the systemic racism and structural inequities that devalue and disempower many members of our community. Pledging energy and resources, CCA is defining and implementing reparative steps that are definitive, measurable, and transparent. On this page, we will publicly track some of these commitments and our progress toward realizing them. We invite you to hold us accountable, and we encourage every member of our community to join in this critical work.
Through ongoing, continuous, and substantive action, we’ll work to make our college a place that is welcoming, equitable, inclusive, actively anti-racist, and safe for everyone. This will take sustained effort and participation from our entire community. This is a long-term commitment to you—our students, faculty, staff, and alumni—that CCA will continue to grow and transparently work toward an equitable future where all students have equal opportunities to thrive. We must be a component of change in our community, and we thank you for holding us accountable.
“We must act with urgency to ensure our campus is a brave, safe, welcoming, and actively anti-racist place for everyone.”
June 30, 2020
As an initial step toward the reckoning and change that must take place to promote racial justice and equity throughout our college, the President’s Diversity Steering Group (PDSG) asked the CCA community for input and recommendations (CCA students, faculty, and staff can still submit recommendations). The PDSG received more than 125 suggestions and insightful feedback, which have been categorized and compiled in an ongoing list of new suggestions and continuing initiatives here.
With these recommendations as a foundation, CCA President Stephen Beal and Provost Tammy Rae Carland announced on June 30, 2020, a commitment to a set of initial actions—the first steps in a process that will evolve and grow over time and include the creation of a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan for CCA. We will continue to add to this list, and we’ll regularly track progress and provide updates here. The commitments below are organized according to the categories established by the PDSG. Click on any commitment to see timestamped related actions and updates.
CCA is committed to making systemic, lasting institutional change, and that will take time and participation from our entire community. Insights and feedback from our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are crucial to strengthening CCA’s unified community of creative-citizens.