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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council formed in early 2020 with representatives from throughout the Otis community including students, faculty, and staff. The members of the Council share a passionate commitment and a breadth and depth of knowledge related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Combined the Council shares an amazing knowledge base and serves as a resource for the College. This website will grow and develop with the DEI Council over time.  

DEI Statement

The DEI Statement guides the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work at Otis College of Art and Design. We received and incorporated feedback from the following groups prior to sending the statement out to the wider community for feedback:

  • Students’ Union
  • O-Committed Student Group
  • DEI Council Members
  • Faculty Leaders (Academic Assembly Executive Leaders)
  • Staff Council Executive Members
  • Senior Team 

DEI Council Charter

Established July 2, 2020

Finalized and Adopted August 23, 2021

Introduction to the DEI Statement:

This statement is a living document. We acknowledge there is always more work to do to embody and animate our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We know we need to make the art, design, and scholarship that will bring vibrancy and illumination to this statement. The declarations and commitments put forward here serve to shape our practices and methods moving forward and to set community expectations. Everyone at Otis, regardless of position, is expected to be accountable to this DEI statement as a compass in our work and to rely on the DEI Council as one of many resources for addressing harms and constructing genuine inclusion.

Read the full DEI statement in Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.