There's something inspiring about September—the buzz of students returning to the classroom swirls at schools everywhere. At ArtCenter, this season is especially significant.
Earlier this month, we hosted our first in-person Orientation in two years, expertly organized by Celeste Guarneri, associate director for leadership programs, and our Center for the Student Experience (CSE) team. We also welcomed the largest incoming class in ArtCenter history. It was also the first time our new president, Karen Hofmann, had an opportunity to address an incoming class as she shared on her new Instagram account.
I'm thrilled to see so many new students join ArtCenter’s community; I truly can't wait to watch your creative journey unfold.
Additionally, we were delighted to partner with CSE in preparing our orientation leaders to welcome a diverse community to ArtCenter. Our facilitator and longtime partner Sai Isoke lead students through an ally and pronoun workshop.
Here's what orientation leader Vicki Lynn said of the experience: “I was reminded how important pronoun usage was, and how important it was for students to feel safe and comfortable in our academic environment.”
This term, we plan to host a series of workshops related to disability and accessibility. Additionally, you can reach out to us if you’d like to have a personalized workshop for your department. With that in mind, I'd like to extend a special invitation to events and initiatives we have in the works.
We’re welcoming instructors who will bring new points of view to our classrooms.Aaron I. Bruce, MIBA, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer
We’re welcoming instructors who will bring new points of view to our classrooms. As I shared in our first DEI newsletter, last fall ArtCenter started a comprehensive search to hire six new faculty to expand the perspectives available at ArtCenter, and advance more just, equitable futures within and beyond the College community.