Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee gathers information and data on current diversity issues, addresses concerns related to setting goals and the development of guiding principles that will enable Fine Arts Deans to create more inclusive environments in their institutions in a way that addresses inequities and systemic racism, and promotes the development and mentoring of higher education administrators (prospective Deans) of diverse backgrounds.

Areas of relevance that the Committee will be focusing on include but are not limited to:

  • Developing Conference programs and panel presentations on the challenges presented by diversity issues, and focusing on programs that have been and could be developed to address them, at the institutional level
  • Gathering information about what institutions are doing to address diversity and serving as a clearinghouse of information and resources for ICFAD members to reference


Articles of Interest

Please click here to see the presentation shared at Crossing Boundaries, the 54th Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Faculty in Institutions of Higher Education: Research has shown that increasing diversity in organizations and the workplace is not only a matter of social justice. It suggests that including diverse voices and experiences makes groups more knowledgeable, sensitive, efficient, creative and successful. Click here to read more.

Diversity more than a black and white issue

Does unconscious bias affect higher ed hiring?

Issues with diversity on campuses continue

Women, minorities face prejudice in academia



Mitch Avila, Dean
College of Arts and Humanities
California State University Dominguez Hills
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Melissa Berke, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media
University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Lisa Brooks, Dean

Jordan College of the Arts
Butler University
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Martin Camacho
Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts
Midwestern State University
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Peg Faimon, 
Founding Dean
School of Art, Architecture + Design
Indiana University Bloomington
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Jeffrey M. Moore, Dean

College of Arts and Humanities
University of Central Florida
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Kent McWilliams, Associate Dean

Division of Fine Arts
St. Olaf College
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Board Liaison
Al Romero, Dean

Mildred and George Weissman School of Arts & Sciences
The City University of New York , Baruch College
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Royce W. Smith, Dean
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
College of Arts & Architecture
Montana State University
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Michael Stepniak, Dean
Shenandoah Conservatory 
Shenandoah University
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Raymond VeonAssistant Dean for Arts Education
Utah State University
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