In 2009, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) strategic planning process created an initiative to "Build Diversity" within our leadership, curriculum, and student body. As a result of this process, the Diversity Action Group (DAG) was formed to define the different types of diversity we wish to incorporate and to establish goals and develop plans to enable us to reach them. DAG organized a series of three symposia and many planning meetings and drafted a Diversity Action Plan based on the proceedings and input from SAIC students, faculty, and staff. One result of this work was the Diversity Advisory Group, a permanent body to continue the work started during the strategic planning process.

Diversity Advisory Group Mission Statement

The Diversity Advisory Group strives to create a more diverse campus community at SAIC inclusive of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, socio- economic status, as well as embracing new identities as they emerge, and area of study and interests. Comprised of students, faculty, and staff, the Diversity Advisory Group consists of three subcommittees (Curriculum, Connectivity, and Climate) and is responsible for:

As a leading school of art and design and influential member of the Chicago community, SAIC is an agent of cultural change while also respecting the historical context out of which the school and city have grown. The Diversity Advisory Group seeks to establish SAIC as a foremost leader in the charge toward greater diversity throughout higher education and arts institutions.

*The idea that issues of gender, race, class, etc. interact on multiple and often simultaneous levels; an example is black feminism. The term was first defined in Kimberlé Crenshaw's "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics," University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1989, 139–67.

Diversity Advisory Group Members

Diversity Advisory Group Committees

Curriculum Committee

Chaired by Lisa Wainwright, Dean of Faculty, the goal of this committee is to create a curriculum that represents contributions from a broad scope of artists, designers, and scholars, encouraging diverse making, scholarship, and activity among all students, faculty, and staff.



Climate Committee

Chaired by Felice Dublon, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, this committee creates a welcoming climate of inclusiveness for all peoples, all types of individuals, and all potential SAIC stakeholders.



Connectivity Committee

Chaired by Paul Coffey, Vice Provost & Dean of Community Engagement, this committee builds connectivity between SAIC and partners throughout the city and beyond that help diversify the SAIC community.



Action Committee

Chaired by Cheryl Jessogne, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, this committee meets weekly to address current environmental and socio-political concerns and assess its impact on SAIC's campus community.