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Diversity @ Otis College

Otis College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus environment where all students can thrive in their personal and academic endeavors. Our Committment to Diversity is one we are most proud of, offering services and resources focused on supporting students from diverse backgrounds.

First Generation Students

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24% of our current student body identifies as First Generation College students. Our holistic advising approach allows our staff and faculty to offer support and resources in order to promote success among our students. Students who need assistance navigating their first year experience as a first generation college student are encouraged to reach out to their Peer Mentor (all new students have one), their Academic Mentor, and/or the Advising Center. For more information on services and support, please contact our One Stop Staff. We are here to support you and help you succeed through graduation!

International Students

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At Otis College of Art and Design, international students make up 26% of our overall student population. As an art school located in Los Angeles, we feel that our diversity defines us and we are dedicated to the belief that engaging with other people and experiencing new cultures and ideas enriches your educational experience. Our international students are important to our community and we strive to ensure that you have a smooth application and enrollment process. Contact our Designated School Official (DSO), Alia Saeed, if you need support or have any questions. 

View More on our International Students site.

LGBTQ+

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Otis College offers support and resources for any students who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ+). Such resources include our student organization Identity gay/Straight Alliance, as well as annual programs such as National Coming Out Week (NCOW), and LGBTQ+ Awareness Month in April.

Otis College is committed to helping students explore their own personal identity development in ways that supports their creative passions. In addition to our programs and services, we are proud to have a Preferred Pronoun Policy to further support gender identity and expression across campus. Contact the the Office Student Affairs if you have questions. 

Students of Color

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Students of Color at Otis College make up approximately 62% of the student body. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Otis College is ranked in the top 1% of Colleges and Universities committed to diversity. Each of our academic programs is committed to infusing topics surrounding diversity and inclusion in order to prepare or students for an ever-changing global society.

Our student organization, Under the Baobob Tree, is an organization that provides affinity space for students of color to connect and support each other. Each fall semester, the Office of Student Affairs offers affinity socials for students of color to connect with staff, faculty, and other students who support their success. Contact Student Affairs about how to connect with this community.

Undocumented Students

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California has the largest number of undocumented people living and working in the state (roughly 25%). Otis College is committed to supporting undocumented students who are interested in pursuing an art and design education at Otis College. If you are undocumented, you are welcome to apply for admission. Once admitted and enrolled, our staff is committed to connecting with you to be sure you are supported and understand your rights as a college student. For more informaiton on services and support, please contact our One Stop Staff

View More on our Undocumented Students page.

Veteran Students

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Otis College is a veteran friendly college campus where we honor and celebrate our students, staff, and faculty who have served our country. If you need assistance or support, contact our One Stop Staff or the Assistant Dean, Dr. Carol Branch, who works to provide social support for Veterans on campus. 

View More on our Veteran Students page.