Diversity and Anti-Racism Statement
The Cleveland Institute of Art recognizes and embraces diversity and believes that an outstanding education in art and design should be accessible to all individuals regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic status or disability. It is essential for the College to advance diversity by encouraging our community to share a responsibility in creating, maintaining and developing an environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced.
The IDEA Council comprises faculty, staff and students who bring diverse perspectives, experiences and priorities to foster comprehensive dialogue and action planning.
We are dedicated to:
Raising the bar. The College has formed the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Awareness (IDEA) Council with the goal of making positive changes in campus culture so that diversity and equity will be known attributes of the college.
Expanding knowledge. We will commit time and resources to training all constituencies affiliated with the College.
Convening for dialogue. We will host ongoing conversations about art, race and critique.
Decolonizing our curriculum. We will do ongoing work with faculty to ensure inclusive pedagogy and to identify and address systemic racism in our curricular content and design.
Listening. We want you to know that our hearts, minds and ears are always open. They may be shared at cia.edu/talktoCIA.
Holding ourselves accountable. We are committed to understanding history, interrogating personal biases, building empathy and respect for others, and becoming comfortable with vulnerability.
Reporting back. We will continually update our diversity, equity and inclusion page with our progress and continued areas of challenge.
Charise Reid, Chair
Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services + Chief Inclusion and Equity Officer
Michael C. Butz
Director of College Communications + External Relations
Director, Career Services and Employer Relations
Jesse Grant, PhD
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs + Dean of Students
Associate Director, Financial Aid
Human Resoucres Specialist
Director, Academic Services
Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
Digital Marketing Manager
Kari Weaver, PhD
Director, Jane B. Nord Center for Teaching + Learning