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Diversity and Inclusion

"There is always light if we are brave enough to see it, if we are brave enough to be it."  - Amanda Gorman

 

Antiracism, Equity and Inclusion Committee Statement

UofSC Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Julian Williams, has invited university departments and programs to create action plans that address the unique needs of our academic communities. This is serious work to which SVAD faculty and staff are called through our collective conscience as a community of artists, educators and scholars resolved to address racism and challenge exclusionary practices within our community and professional fields. The SVAD committee is circulating a Pledge to Students in courses this spring for student feedback. The pledge can be read online and feedback submitted to any or all committee members below.

Contact the Committee

Are you a prospective or current student with questions for the SVAD Antiracism, Equity and Inclusion Committee, or do you want to join us in our work?  Contact the School of Visual Art and Design Antiracism, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Evan Meaney, Media Arts
Meena Khalili, Studio Art
Minuette Floyd, Art Education
Andrew Graciano, Art History

Student membership: This committee seeks student collaborators, allies, and involvement. If you are a SVAD student and would like to become more involved in the direction of the committee, committee actions, and community discussion, contact any or all members of the School of Visual Art and Design Antiracism, Equity and Inclusion Committee listed above.

Connect

  1. UofSC Office of Diversity, Equity and InclusionThe Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works closely with university students, faculty and staff to create and sustain an inclusive learning, living and working environment where all members of the university’s community feel that they are welcomed, valued and supported.

  2. Find opportunities, support services, and student groups where you can connect with others.

  3.  Hear from students from diverse backgrounds and experiences #IAMCAS.

  4. Join the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

  5. Give feedback to the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

  6. Cultural programming, Diversity Dialogues, Affinity Groups and many more opportunities are available through the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

  7. Engage through the Leadership and Service Center through civic engagement and find service-learning opportunities

Report

  1. Report an incident of bias or hateA bias incident is a non-criminal act that is motivated in whole, or in part, by a victim’s actual or perceived sex, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or disability.

  2. Report an incident of harassment to the Equal Opportunity Programs Office. If you or someone you know has been the victim of unlawful discrimination or harassment  at UofSC, report it here.

  3. Get help from UofSC Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention (SAVIP).
    If you have experienced interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking or harassment, you might feel overwhelmed or confused about what to do. SAVIP can help.

 

Archive

Sent to Students on September 10, 2020

We invite you to join a Diversity and Inclusion Forum for Students on September 21 at 4 PM.  

Register online to attend remotely or in person. Registrants will receive information on how to participate by email. UofSC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean, Dr. Tracey Weldon-Stewart, will also attend and welcome all participants.  SVAD faculty want to know more about your experiences as a student in the School of Visual Art and Design as we plan for actions that will increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across the school. Your voice matters.  Our action plan— what we are calling our Pledge to Students on Antiracism, Equity and Inclusion— begins with the elevation of your voices; we want to listen and learn from you.   This Pledge is a living document, the starting point of a larger conversation. It will keep us accountable as we strive for greater equity and inclusion. We know you are marching and protesting and doing hard work in your communities for social change. We pledge to do our part to address and rectify any exclusionary practices or systems that cause harm in SVAD’s community.  UofSC Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Julian Williams, has invited us to create action plans that address the unique needs of our academic community.  What are your concerns and how can we better support you? What actions do you want to see from faculty and staff? This is serious work to which SVAD faculty and staff are called through our collective conscience as a community of artists, educators and scholars resolved to address racism and exclusionary practices of all kinds within our community and professional fields. We are ready to get to work! We look forward to hearing from you in a collective conversation on September 21.   

 

Laura Kissel 
Director, School of Visual Art and Design 

Minuette Floyd 
Professor of Art Education 

Andrew Graciano 
Associate Director and Professor of Art History 

Lydia Brandt 
Associate Professor of Art History

Evan Meaney 
Associate Professor of Media Arts 

Lauren Steimer 
Associate Professor of Media Arts 

Meena Khalili 
Assistant Professor of Studio Art 

 


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