Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Arizona College of Fine Arts recognizes and embraces diversity of identities,
experiences, and perspectives because they are the cornerstones of creative expression and
cultural production. Diversity includes differences of ability, age, color, culture, ethnicity,
gender, gender expression, genetic information, immigration status, national origin,
occupation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.
More than a short-term project or the effort of a single office, this comprehensive approach
engages everyone in complete cultural and institutional transformation by embedding and
practicing IE in every endeavor, aspect and level of the College.
These values mandate:
• Continual transformation of our curricula and cultivation of an inclusive classroom experience
• Supporting and promoting diverse programming that represents the work of artists, and
depicts subjects representing a wide variety of identities and perspectives
• Connecting with our communities – local, national, and international
• Promoting cultural equity in the arts sector
We seek to drive the dialogue of arts and arts education regionally and globally.
Inclusive excellence (IE) is the engine that drives the value and practice of diversity and inclusiveness at
the University of Arizona. At the center of IE is the recognition and acceptance of the talents,
world views, perceptions, cultures and skills that diverse communities bring to the educational
enterprise that can be harnessed to prepare students for leading, living and working in a diverse world.
Native American, LGBTQ, Asian American, White, Latino, African American, women, veterans, people
with disabilities, Jewish, Christian, International, Muslim, fraternities and sororities, athletes, alumni and
many other communities of students, staff and faculty contribute positively to all dimensions of the
university. Every individual and group at UA is a critical component of and contributor to diversity and
inclusiveness. Making a difference in diversity at the University of Arizona is the essence of inclusive
For CFA Faculty and Instructors: please refer to the handbook from the University of Arizona’s Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence:
The College of Fine Arts Committee for Diversity & Inclusion is charged with making recommendations for implementing best practices for inclusive excellence within the classroom and in all areas of the college. All recommendations from the committee are forwarded to the Dean, and campus-wide resources and guidelines can be found here.