Diversity and Anti-Racism Statement
The Cleveland Institute of Art recognizes and embraces diversity and believes that an outstanding arts education should be accessible to all individuals regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic status or ability. 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.
Lincoln Adams ’98
Assistant Professor, Animation and Illustration
Assistant Director, Library
Director of Alumni Relations + Scholarships
Michael C. Butz
Director of College Communications + External Relations
Residence Life Coordinator
Dan Cuffaro ’91
Associate Professor, Industrial Design
Dean of Students
Destyni Green ’21
Student, Sculpture + Expanded Media
Associate Director, Financial Aid
Lecturer, Liberal Arts
Director, Academic Services
Vice President of Human Resources + Inclusion
Ash Sark ’21
Student, Drawing and Painting
Enrollment Operations Assistant
Amani Williams ’21