Noah Humes, ’17 BFA Communication Arts
Otis College’s Black Creatives Institute is focused on developing an inclusive and affirming campus climate for incoming Black-identified students in an effort to increase: student engagement, first- to second-year retention, and degree completion.
Fostering community among Black-identified creatives by providing holistic support of their personal growth, identity formation, cultural development, and career development to create a stronger sense of belonging within the Otis College community.
Student Learning Outcomes:
As a result of participating in the summer bridge program, students will:
- Gain a strong network of creative colleagues through peer engagement and support.
- Explore and expand upon their identity as a Black creative.
- Develop tools around self-efficacy in order to foster self-confidence and personal empowerment as a Black creative.
- Gain an in-depth understanding about campus resources that will assist students in being successful personally, academically, and socially.
- Develop strategies and skillsets to actively engage in their academic experience, including studio preparation.
How to Register:
If you self-identify as a Black creative and are an incoming new student who would like to participate in this free program, you can click this link to register now.
Who is Eligible?:
All incoming new students are eligible for this program. This program is focused on Black-identity development and being a Black creative and will offer opportunities for students to self-explore and build connections around this focus.
Lanise Howard (’20 BFA Fine Arts), left, with artist Kara Walker
Program Will Take Place:
This year, the Black Creatives Institute will take place virtually over the course of one week as an immersive experience prior to Orientation Week. Monthly meet-ups and programming throughout the academic year will take place as well. The program dates are as follows:
- Monday, August 10–Friday, August 14, 2020
- Monthly Cultural Wealth Sessions, occuring September through April covering the following topics:
- Academic Success and Resources
- Career Development
- Financial Literacy
- Identity Development
Program Design At-A-Glance (all times are PDT):
Gena Smith (’21 BFA Fine Arts), right, with curator Zoe Whitley
This program is completely FREE! All interested students must register for the program and will receive more information on the program schedule.
More about the Virtual Experience:
All students participating in this program will be invited to attend anywhere between one and three virtual sessions each day of the program. Each program session will build upon each other and provide a comprehensive experience that will allow students to build community among each other while networking with creative mentors such as faculty, staff, and continuing students. The Black Creatives Institute will also offer social programming in the evenings for incoming new students to get to know each other in a more casual way, allowing them to develop a sense of belonging with our Otis community.