A rigorous artistic and intellectual community is enriched by diversity and inclusion. We promote artistic and intellectual freedom by fostering environments that value our diverse students, faculty, and staff and provide all community members with a respectful and challenging space in which to address divergent opinions and ideas.
By "diversity," we mean that our community prospectively embraces differences in gender expression and identity, age, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, learning style, religion, occupation, nationality, immigration status, socioeconomic status, and the varied life experiences that span these differences. Promoting such a broadly inclusive understanding of diversity requires ongoing education and effort, to ensure support, understanding, and awareness from all community members. In this, SFAI strives to move beyond the reactive methodologies of affirmative action, even as we proactively practice equal opportunity in hiring and admissions.
SFAI seeks to be a vanguard institution with regard to how we address and integrate notions of diversity. The Institute continues to develop connections and mutually beneficial relationships between the school’s immediate community and local and global publics in the belief that a multiplicity of voices has helped to make SFAI the influential and inspiring institution that it is today.
In 2015-16, the Program Assessment Committee of the Faculty Senate undertook a Diversity Self-Study for the purpose of assessing diversity as an outcome within the academic curriculum of the San Francisco Art Institute. The Self-Study concludes with findings by the Program Assessment Committee, recommendations by the Committee on Diversity and Equity (CODE), and grading against the Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education, Dimensions II and III developed by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, Multicultural Affairs Think Tank (NERCHE).