PennDesign's Commitment to Diversity
PennDesign is committed to creating an educational setting in which all students, faculty members, and staff members are valued.
We strive to create an inclusive culture that celebrates difference and is strengthened by contributions from people of all races, religions, countries of origin, genders, ages, sexual orientations, physical abilities, learning differences, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We aspire to support and retain a student body, faculty and staff who are representative of the multiple communities and publics with which we collaborate and work.
A diverse community at PennDesign enhances our ability to prepare the next generation of artists, architects, landscape architects, planners, and preservationists to become leaders and innovators in a multicultural society.
Faculty Diversity Work Group
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” –President Barack Obama
Shortly after his appointment in the summer of 2016, Dean Steiner formed a Faculty Diversity Work Group to advise him on strategies to (1) increase the diversity of the School’s faculty, staff, and student body; (2) promote a more inclusive community; (3) and foster a learning environment that encourages and celebrates difference.
Chaired by Sharon Hayes, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, and Dana Tomlin, Professor of Landscape Architecture, the Work Group is comprised of faculty members from across the School as well as student representatives from DiverseDesign and PennDesign Student Council.
Diverse Design is a student group dedicated to enriching the diversity of perspectives of potential and practicing designers here at Penn and outside our internal community. We seek to engage Penn Design, Penn’s Campus and the greater Philadelphia Community to encourage new perspectives to grow within the field to combat the inequalities that still exist within our profession and consequently the built environments around the world.
Dean Steiner sent the following message to the PennDesign community on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Dear PennDesign Community,
Immigration policy affects all of us, and because the stakes are so high, many of us have felt compelled to affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion publicly. One forum for doing this is the grassroots social media campaign #YouAreWelcomeHere. The campaign has been championed by schools and other organizations across the country as both a pledge to international students considering study in the U.S. and an affirmation of current students’ invaluable contribution to our communities.
I invite you to add your voice to the campaign and send a message of inclusion. PennDesign’s communications staff are distributing #YouAreWelcomeHere signs throughout Meyerson, Morgan, and Addams over the coming days for everyone’s use. PennDesign will also have signs and a photographer at Happy Hour on Friday, March 24, and the Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, April 19. As President Gutmann wrote last month, “It has never been more vital for us to come together, as one community, to find strength in our diversity.”