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DEI in the POD

DEI in the POD

The Graphic Communication Department (GrC) is committed to the diversity of its faculty, students, and staff.  We define diversity broadly, as differences in social categories like race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, nationality and citizenship, veteran and parental status, body size, ability, age and experience. Our commitment is central to our community and built on ideals of integrity, respect, peace, and equality.

As a community—or POD—we value a broad array of perspectives and strive to ensure that they can be expressed in a safe environment of mutual understanding. As such, we are continuously working to become a community more representative of the city, state, and country in which we live. 

Lastly, we value inclusion within our diverse GrC community because it helps us: 1) address and understand underrepresented groups; 2) recognize systemic inequalities facing American institutions and society; 3) facilitate a new generation of ideas and leaders within the discipline; and, 4) cultivate civil discourse among diverse parties. We are committed to providing necessary support for seeing to the success of all members of the department.

Our Aspirations and Goals for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity within the GrC Department:

  • To foster an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusion in which all individuals are supported and integrated both academically and socially
  • To welcome honest and open discussion regarding diversity issues in the GrC profession
  • To recruit and attract faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds to our department and programs
  • To incorporate diversity as topics in our academic curriculum
  • To enhance awareness of diversity issues through ongoing research, learning, and training


The month of May observes many diverse ethnic groups; Haitian Heritage Month, Indian Heritage Month, Jewish-American Heritage Month, National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month and South Asian American Heritage Month. 

On May 17th, it is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This day aims to bring awareness of LGBTQI+ rights violations and in the workplace. The theme for this year is “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.” This theme was chosen by many LGBTQI+ organizations to advocate for “claiming our rights to live our sexualities and to express our gender(s) freely, but also demanding to be from physical violence, from conversion so-called “therapies” to forced sterilization of Trans and Intersex people.” For those interested in learning more about International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia click here

May 21st is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development! In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21st to be World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day provides the world with an opportunity “to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity.” If you would like to learn more about World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Day, click here to see the resources and stories the United Nations has provided. 

As the GrC department, we acknowledge, celebrate, and explore racial, ethnic, and religious holidays and celebrations. We hope to bring awareness to what is going on in the world and to create a stronger GrC community. 


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