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Mission Statement

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) supports MassArt’s mission to “prepare students from diverse backgrounds to participate in the creative economy as artists, designers, and educators, and to engage in the well-being of their society.” We are a community resource that encourages and empowers both individuals and groups to advocate for social justice with mutual respect and understanding. The office promotes the college’s priorities and shared values that stems from educating our community on the importance of diversity in background, status, culture, and viewpoint. 

EDI Team
Mercedes Sherrod-Evans, Chief Diversity Officer
Brenda Bailey, Assistant Director
Claudeline Chery, Diversity/HR Assistant

Office Location
8th Floor - Tower Building

Policy Statement on Diversity and Social Justice

We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity as core values for a thriving, respectful, and creative community…

  • because we recognize the harm caused by systems of oppression

  • because we acknowledge the equality of all people

  • because life in the twenty-first century will thrive with positive global interactions

  • because we believe that intercultural experiences enrich the lives of everyone

  • because we value the expressions, experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives of all

  • because MassArt must prepare its students for a life of responsible citizenship

Therefore… we proactively foster an educational environment where information, knowledge, beliefs and identities of every individual and all groups are freely and openly shared, respected and will flourish. Discrimination, disrespect, and hatred will be neither accepted nor tolerated. Rather, we draw strength and thrive from deliberately building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

What can I do if I experience or witness discrimination?

MassArt is dedicated to providing learning, working, and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people and affirm the rights of all members of the community to be treated with respect and dignity. Any inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination in the educational and employment context may be referred to the Bias Response Team. For more information visit

Learn about Bias Response

Learn about Title IX

Learn about Non-Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Policy

Learn about Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Learn about Neurodiversity

Programs and Initiatives:

Tyrone Maurice Adderley Lecture Series

This lecture series, established in 1995, was named in memory of Tyrone Maurice Adderley, a talented and popular painting student. The series brings artist, writers, scholars, and social justice activists from underrepresented groups to share their work and wisdom with MassArt and the community.

EDI Read / EDI Watch

EDI Read and EDI Watch are aids for those who are looking to further their understanding and increase their self awareness around matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. Through these resources, we hope that the MassArt community will be able to engage each other in more respectful and meaningful interactions. We support all members of the MassArt community through their personal development by encouraging self reflection and advocacy for oneself and others. 

These lists will be updated on an ongoing basis. Please let us know if you have additional recommendations.

EDI Talk

EDI Talk is a supplemental resource for members of the MassArt community who are looking to further their understanding and increase their self awareness around matters of equity, diversity and inclusion. We hope that information provided here will allow us to engage each other in more respectful and meaningful interactions on and off campus.

EDI Talk is also a space to promote multicultural and social justice related programming and events happening at MassArt and in/around Boston. Know about something happening? Let us know!

Councils and Committees:

Diversity Council
Mirror Committee
Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Practices Work Group 
Search Advisors Committee
Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee

Policies and Plans:

Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan
MassArt’s Plan for a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Socially Just University

For information regarding policies and procedures on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion please contact our office or email




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