Diversity at SAIC
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is committed to an equitable, just environment where the voices of all our students, faculty, and staff are valued and respected.
The School's Diversity Mission Statement:
The School’s primary purpose is to cultivate a campus designed to encourage the discovery and development of significant ideas and images. The School is, therefore, committed to assembling a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff and to nurturing and creating an environment in which those different perspectives and backgrounds can be heard, valued, and utilized.
In recognition of our community’s efforts toward this mission, SAIC has been awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Our continued recognition through this national award reflects the School’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion across campus.
Initiatives and programs for Spring 2017 include:
- Continued partnership with the Chicago Freedom School to offer training workshops on campus including "Recognizing Identity, Power, and Oppression." To participate in one of these workshops, sign up here.
- Lunch programs addressing diversity and inclusion concerns and creating conversation around equity at SAIC. Sign up to attend for students, for faculty, and for staff.
- Global Encounters, a lunch lecture series to inform and create dialogue around issues that transcend place and deepen our understanding of the world.
- Diversity Infusion Grant: Faculty recipients are encouraged to infuse existing courses with global images and diverse readings, guest speakers, and assignments. Accepting applications until March 17th, 2017.
For more information on the dedicated group of students, faculty, and staff who collectively work toward our diversity goals, see the Diversity Advisory Group page. The Campus Resources, Initiatives, and Events pages include links to offices, programs, and other information that create dialogues, broaden our reach, and support the diverse members of our community. As we move forward, we appreciate feedback and inquiries. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.