A Diverse & Inclusive Campus

SAIC is committed to an equitable, inclusive environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. From dedicated spaces to on-campus resources and initiatives furthering our goal of becoming a more anti-racist institution, students can find their community here. At SAIC, you belong. 

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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 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.

Anti-Racism at SAIC

To better support its diverse community of artists, designers, and scholars, SAIC has made diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives a significant element of our planning efforts for more than a decade. These initiatives have established the current DEI staff positions in academic affairs and student affairs, diversified the reach of student admissions and faculty recruitment, incentivized diverse content in the curriculum, introduced DEI training for new community members, and increased programming and support structures to better nurture and create an environment that respects, values, and includes the backgrounds and perspectives of all our community members. 

Spaces to Create Community or Recharge

    Cultural Oasis

    The Cultural Oasis was designed by students of color as a dedicated student place to meet, relax, recharge, and create community, and it was a realization of the School’s Anti-Racism Committee. The Cultural Oasis is a host to a variety of programs designed to center the narratives of our students of color and promote cultural diversity and inclusion. Amenities include a lounge area, community library, kitchenette, coffee-maker, audio visual equipment, and computer stations. An enclosed meditation/quiet room within the Cultural Oasis is equipped with customizable lighting for spiritual or wellness needs.

    The cultural oasis room filled with students

    Meditation Room

    Designed by an SAIC student, the room is invitational to meet your needs of peace and equanimity. It is intentionally located away from heavily traveled, common, or crowded areas to welcome all members of the community for the purpose of quiet contemplative practices, inner calmness, and mindful awareness.

    Exterior shot of the entrance to SAIC's MacLean Center.

    Gender Neutral Restrooms

    Located in every residence hall and academic building on campus, gender-neutral restrooms are safe for transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer people, as well as people of all gender identities and expressions.

    Sign for the gender neutral restrooms on campus

    The LeRoy Neiman Center

    The LeRoy Neiman Center brings the SAIC community together and extends our campus into the urban fabric of Chicago. The first floor includes a street-level space for the student-run SITE Galleries, a curated video wall, and a programming/event space to hold everything from a lecture to an informal gathering. The second floor lounge and café enables our students, faculty, alumni, and staff to eat, meet, relax, discuss, get involved, and be inspired.

    Neiman Center
    Students congregate outside the 280 building for a student groups fair
    Get Involved

    Student Groups

    With student groups and organizations––including many that are affinity- or identity-based––and a full schedule of events, there are many ways to get involved. Find belonging around shared experiences, ideas, and identities; and learn new perspectives.