Studio Arts DEI & Anti-Racism

A series of flags, created by graphic design students, on display in the courtyard.

Department Statement

The LMU Studio Arts Program acknowledges and is committed to dismantling oppressive systems and inequities. We engage in the process of reimagining what and how we teach and create, by ensuring that diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism permeate the curriculum. We hope to repair a broken system and prevent further injustices by engaging with equitable and anti-racist practices through art and design education.

Actions We Are Engaged In

Our goal is to create a departmental ethos centered on anti-racist and inclusive practices that serve as a guideline as we move forward in our work as artists, designers and educators. This includes:

  • Re-examining our curriculum with the goal of decentering whiteness and providing our students with a diverse range of arts and cultural practices and heritages.
  • Spotlighting BIPOC voices in our programming, including KaleidoLA.
  • Spotlighting BIPOC artistic and cultural activities and alumni in our departmental communication, including our newsletter.
  • Continuing to examine creative resources and studio practices which decenter whiteness and make space for marginalized identities.
  • Addressing how anti-racism, anti-oppression, and diversity, equity and inclusivity become centered in changes to our departmental mission.

DEI Courses

ARHS 2510 Social Design ART 2474 Form as Art ART 3133 Visualizing Literature ART 3132 Eastern Immersion
ART 3205 ARTsmart Community Service ART 3554 Art and Ecology ART 3594 Gallery Issues and Practices ART 3695 Design Entrepreneurship
ART 3766 Multimedia Narratives ART 4250 Art Education Approaches Social and Emotional Learning ART 4660 Visual Communication Design II ART 3879 Special Topic in Photography
ART 4668 World Typography ART 4205 Building Community with Arts ART 4147 Art in LA ART 4950, 4960, and 4970 Capstone course (Senior thesis)

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and southern Channel Islands) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this place.