Commitment to Anti-Racism

The Art and Art History Department at SUNY Cortland, firmly believes in the transformative power of art and the inherent value of diversity and inclusion within our creative community. Our commitment to fostering an environment that is anti-racist, equitable, and just, is integral to our mission as educators, artists, and scholars.

We recognize that art has the capacity to challenge societal norms, provoke thoughtful discourse, and inspire change. It is with this understanding that we stand united against racism in all its forms

Our department is committed to:

  1. Promoting Diversity: We celebrate diverse voices, perspectives, and artistic expressions. Our curriculum reflects a broad range of artistic traditions, cultures, and histories, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to engage with a rich tapestry of human experiences.

  2. Creating Inclusive Spaces: We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background, feels welcomed, respected, and valued.

  3. Amplifying Underrepresented Voices: We actively seek to amplify the voices of artists and scholars from underrepresented communities. Our programming, exhibitions, and academic pursuits prioritize the inclusion of diverse perspectives, challenging historical biases and fostering a more equitable representation of art.

  4. Cultivating Critical Dialogue: We encourage open and honest conversations about race, privilege, and discrimination within the art world. Through dialogue, we aim to raise awareness, challenge assumptions, and inspire positive change.

  5. Supporting Anti-Racist Practices: We are dedicated to continually educating ourselves and our community on anti-racist practices. This includes critically examining our own biases, addressing systemic issues within our department, and actively working toward creating a more just and equitable future.

By embracing these principles, the Art and Art History Department at SUNY Cortland aims to contribute to a campus culture that is free of racism and discrimination of any kind. Together, we can build a more inclusive, empathetic, and creatively vibrant community that values the richness of human diversity.