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The work of the Justice, Equity, and Transformation (JET) office are to guide and lead work that achieves systemic equity in all areas of the educational institution. Transformational teaching and learning methodologies and curricula will be supported with new frameworks of understanding that engage faculty, staff, students, and community partners. In these efforts, pathways to art and design education PK-16+ will also evolve to create access and opportunity through collaborative internal and external partnerships. Other areas of focus will include retention efforts that create a student ready campus that embraces the dignity of all members of the MassArt community.
Lyssa Palu-ay, Dean Justice Equity and Transformation
Brenda Bailey, Assistant Director
Derek Wilson, Admin. JET/Compass
Programs and Initiatives:
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.
We invite faculty, staff, and students to participate in the second year of the Anti-Racism Dialogues. Knowing that race and discussions about race are complicated and important, these Anti-Racism Dialogues are rooted in the affinity space approach. These spaces will help us build capacity to relate across difference.
An affinity dialogue group for people who identify as People of Color or of African/Asian/Native American/Afro-Caribbean, Latinx and Afro-Latinx heritage will a create a space for healing and belonging.
An affinity dialogue group for people who identify as White, Caucasian, or of European heritage will create a space for courageous conversations.
Participate in campus wide opportunities to help MassArt define what it means when we, our community, are thriving. Develop skills to engage in civil discourse and connect with others across campus who are committed to creating a culture of transformation. Be on the lookout for public ways to contribute your voice!
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.
Learn about Bias Response
Learn about Title IX
Learn about Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Learn about Neurodiversity
The office for Justice, Equity, and Transformation provides members of the MassArt community with a variety of personal and professional development opportunities throughout the year. Offerings include workshops, webinars, inter-group dialogues, panel discussions, and more. If you would like to learn more about these offerings or if you would like to speak with us about customizing an opportunity to meet your needs, then please contact us and we will assist you.
EDI Leadership Grants
What is the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Leadership Grant?
Student EDI Leadership Grants are designed to support students with ideas for events, projects, programs, and initiatives that reflect and promote equity, diversity and inclusion for the MassArt community. The grant provides financial support to help make your ideas a reality. EDI and Student Development staff are also available to help with logistics and organization. Students are welcome to apply as individuals or on behalf of a student group. Collaborations between student groups and campus-wide departments are strongly encouraged.
If you have a great idea and need help figuring out how to reserve space, get support from other departments, create effective publicity and inclusive programs, then we can help!
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