Our Mission and Values
The College of Design is dedicated to advancing the understanding, value, and quality of visual culture and the built, natural, and social environments through excellent and distinctive teaching, research, and creative endeavors. Grounded in a unique multidisciplinary structure, the College of Design is a diverse learning community of students, faculty and staff members. We seek to enhance the lives of individuals and communities through endeavors that stem from intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and broad inquiry, rooted in the inter-relatedness of theory, history, and practice.
In support of this mission, the College of Design affirms the following values:
Supporting and celebrating a culture that promotes rigor, encourages risk-taking, and challenges standards in creating, composing, and presenting ideas.
Fostering the open exchange and critique of ideas in an environment that welcomes a diversity of views.
Actively encouraging the presence and participation in the school of individuals with differing backgrounds, experience, and points of view.
Working together in shared efforts to teach, learn, understand, and create.
Engaging multiple disciplines to expand our perspectives and enrich our teaching, research, and creative practice.
Recognizing our accountability for the impact of our actions on environmental, social, and cultural systems.
Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Community
The College of Design is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community, increasing access, and enhancing the student experience.
The College of Design Diversity Action Plan was developed in 2017, with input from community members across the College of Design. The Dean’s Fellow for Diversity chairs the Equity and Inclusion Committee and leads strategic initiatives, including implementing the Diversity Action Plan.