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CoAD Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Architecture and Design believes that human differences enrich innovation, collaboration, and positive impact in a complex, global world. We commit to fostering an educational environment that welcomes and supports the experiences and perspectives from people of various dimensions of personhood. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion guides our approach to planning, teaching, research, and more.

CoAD is committed to fostering an equitable learning culture by:

  • Promoting a culture of respect for people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, citizenship status, disability status, socioeconomic status, religious commitments, and ages
  • Encouraging a civil, open exchange of ideas and dialogue Facilitating greater understanding of people from different backgrounds
  • Developing initiatives that increase access to and support within higher education and into the architecture and design industries
  • Committing to continuing to learn, develop, and be held accountable for DEI-related efforts


  • What Works? Gender Equity by Design (Iris Bohnet, 2018)

  • Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (Kat Holmes, 2018)

  • Design for the Pluriverse (Arturo Escobar, 2018)

  • Design History Beyond The Canon (Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, Victoria Rose Pass, Christopher Wilson, 2019)

  • Designing Disability: Symbols, Space, and Society (Elizabeth Guffey, 2017)

  • Design in the Borderlands (edited by Eleni Kalantidou, Tony Fry, 2014)

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paulo Freire, reprinted 2020)

  • Teaching to Transgress (Bell Hooks, 1994)

  • The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Design Manual for Visual Communication (Ruben Pater, 2016)

  • Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech (Sara Wachter-Boettcher, 2018)

  • Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination (Batya Friedman and David G Hendry, 2019)

  • Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (Virginia Eubanks, 2011)

  • Race after Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Ruha Benjamin, 2019)

  • How Schools Shortchange Girls: A Study of the Major Findings on Girls and Education (Susan McGee, 1992)

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