Hello to our Art + Design community!
It’s been one full year since I joined this team as director on July 31, 2019, and what a year it’s been! What stands out most of all throughout this unprecedented year is the initiative, creativity, resiliency, and spirit of our incredible students. These 850 individuals are the reason we are here and we value and support student voices.
What stands out next is the dedication and ingenuity of our incredible faculty. Like faculty across the world, we had to quickly shift to remote learning mid-semester due to the Covid-19 pandemic and our faculty wheeled into action, supporting one another, learning new tools, and innovating ways to teach art and design online.
The vital component that holds all these moving parts together is our wonderful staff. From my very first day, they showed me that they are a team of kind, welcoming, hardworking, and excellent colleagues that give their all for the good of the School.
This large community and these voices are the School of Art and Design at SDSU.
More recently, our nation reckoned with another pandemic, its history of systemic racism. Our School responded by coming together to share and listen to the stories of Black students and people of color and how they experience our School. We shared ideas on how to grow and improve our culture, curriculum, and outreach.
Based on that, our expansive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion is currently engaged in collaborative planning and facilitation of a multi-part initiative. It launched this summer with two new student-led murals on campus and a directive for all courses to represent diversity in the artists, designers, and scholars presented. We are planning targeted outreach to schools in marginalized communities and will evolve through a series of programs, trainings, and support this year and beyond.
I want to thank each and every one of you students, faculty, staff, and supporters, and wish a warm welcome to our incoming students. Here’s to a transformative year!
Director, SDSU School of Art + Design