Justice, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion _
The School of Art is committed to ensuring a welcoming and inclusive climate aimed at fostering collaboration, community and open dialogue, while embracing the background, identities, and perspectives of all students, faculty and staff.
U of A Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Fine Arts Center, School of Art
340 N. Garland
Fayetteville, AR 72701
The School of Art is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive learning community that prioritizes underrepresented and under-served backgrounds, identities, and perspectives. The School seeks to model an environment promoting equal access to the arts, art history, and design for a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff, supporting each member's unique values, perspectives, experiences, and needs.
The School of Art envisions:
_Cultivating an inclusive environment fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration, open dialogue, and critical thinking
_Establish curriculum marked by empathy and equity that reaches outside the traditional canon
_Supporting and promoting a diverse range of research practices that lead critical dialog's in multiple disciplines
_Encourage students to utilize critical visual thinking and creative methodologies to interrogate and destabilize systemic hegemonic power structures.
Through the creation of art and design, and through the study of history of art, the School of Art hopes to promote change and push past historically fixed boundaries within all the fields so students can become creative contributors within a globally conscious society.
The School of Art is committed to taking action and establishing goals to be more intentional in our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
Below are goals currently in action. These action items are not a comprehensive list, but a reflection of what is currently under way as the School of Art navigates its way towards a more inclusive and equitable world.
_Prioritize implementing the SoArt's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan
_Create a 2 Million Dollar endowment to support diversity, equity and inclusion
_Establish specific scholarship opportunities for diversity to support graduate and undergraduate students
_Plan a townhall meeting for School of Art students, we want to hear from you
_Provide faculty and staff funding for training and books related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
_Set diversity goals for recruiting faculty and students
_Update our mission and values statement to reflect the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan
_Add a senior diversity leadership position to the School of Art
_Continue highlighting faculty and students current work and efforts addressing DEI issues
_Convene a SoArt Advisory Group for Diversity and Inclusion that includes faculty, students, staff, and outside academia
The School of Art and JEADI Committee is pleased to offer two types of grants for School of Art students.
Both grants promote the School of Art's Culture of Care initiative by supporting students financially in long-term artistic projects that fall under the mission of the JEADI Committee.
Applications for the grants are open April 1-22.
Undergraduate and graduate School of Art students are eligible for these grants. Awards are unable to be processed post-graduation.
_Macro Grants support students financialy in long-term artistic projects that fall under the mission of the JEADI Committee. This grant offers a maximum of $3,000 per project. If the project requires additional funding, applicants are encouraged to apply for continued support during the next grant cycle. Preference will be given to collaborative projects.
_Micro Grants support students financially in short-term artistic projects that fall under the mission of the JEADI Committee. After the initial deadline of April 22 applications will be taken on a rolling basis and can support up to $1,500 per applicant.
The Justice, Equity, Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee serves as a working group, task force, and School committee to create and sustain an inclusive environment in the School of Art.
The committee is made up of faculty, staff, and student representation from various programs and areas with the focus of discussing strategic planning, concerns, initiatives, and education and resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
_Jennifer Greenhill, Endowed Professor of Art History
_Christopher Schulte, Endowed Associate Professor of Art Education and Assistant Director of the School of Art
_Dina Benbrahim, Endowed Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
_Rebecca Drolen, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Photography
_Gaby Hernandez, Endowed Associate Professor of Graphic Design
_Donna Jones, Director of Recruitment and Outreach
_Breanne Trammell, Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Printmaking
_University of Arkansas:
Education and Training: https://diversity.uark.edu/resources/education-and-training.php
Campus Resource Centers: https://diversity.uark.edu/resources/campus-resource-centers.php
Diversity Connections: https://diversityconnections.uark.edu/
Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance: https://oeoc.uark.edu
Title IX: https://titleix.uark.edu/
Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education: https://multicultural.uark.edu/
LGBTQIA Mentoring: https://multicultural.uark.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/programs/lgbtqia.php
Center for Educational Access: https://cea.uark.edu/
Student Support Services: https://sss.uark.edu/
Counseling and Psychological Services: https://health.uark.edu/mental-health/index.php
Veterans Resource and Information Center: https://veteranscenter.uark.edu
University of Arkansas Libraries Diversity and Inclusion: https://libraries.uark.edu/diversity/
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Undergraduate Fellows Program: https://nufp.uark.edu/
U of A Cares: https://uofacares.uark.edu/
_Registered Student Organizations:
Black Students Association: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/black-students-association
Black Graduate Student Association: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/bgsa
Big Brothers, Big Sisters: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/big-brothers-big-sisters
Diversity and Inclusion Student Council: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/diversity-and-inclusion-student-council
International Students Organization: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/international-students-organization
Latinx Graduate Student Organization: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/lgso
Mental Health Awareness Organization: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/mental-health-awareness-organization
Native American Student Association: https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/native-american-student-association
People Respecting the Individual Differences and Equality (PRIDE): https://hogsync.uark.edu/organization/pride
_Local and Regional:
NWA Center for Equality: http://nwaequality.org/
Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition: http://www.artranscoalition.org/
Canopy NWA: http://www.canopynwa.org/
River Valley Equality Center: http://rvecark.org/
Trans Lifeline: https://www.translifeline.org/
The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/