Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome! At VCFA, we are committed to working in partnership with all members of our college and the external community to build and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Mission and Goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at VCFA

In the interest of fostering our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we have adopted the operational definition of Inclusive Excellence from the AAC&U, which outlines four necessary elements.

  • We nurture the artistic, intellectual, individual, and social development of all members of our community.
  • We develop and apply organizational resources to enhance teaching and learning by fostering an environment that challenges each of us to strive for the highest artistic and academic standards and asks each member of our community to contribute freely to learning and knowledge development.
  • We honor the cultural and aesthetic differences that our students, faculty, alumni, and staff bring to the educational experience and that enhance the educational community.
  • We welcome all who value diversity and inclusion in teaching and learning for the benefit of each individual and the educational community as a whole.

Informed and inspired by the publication Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions by Damon A. Williams, Joseph B. Berger, and Shederick A. McClendon, published by the American Association of Colleges & Universities, 2005. https://www.aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/mei/williams_et_al.pdf

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VCFA Diversity Committee


We invite your suggestions and contributions to enhance the ongoing dialogue at VCFA. To get involved or send us an idea, contact diversity@vcfa.edu.

To report an incident, contact:

David Markow, Vice President of Student Services

2017-2018 Committee Co-Chairs

Committee Members

  • Will Alexander - Faculty, WCYA 
  • Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton - Faculty, Graphic Design 
  • Rick Baitz - Faculty, Music Composition 
  • Ann Cardinal - Director of Student Recruitment 
  • Tristen Click - Graphic Design student 
  • Hal Colston - VCFA Trustee 
  • Aldrena Corder - Graphic Design alumna 
  • Trinie Dalton - Faculty, Writing 
  • Jimmy Henderson - Graphic Design student 
  • Samuel Kolawole - Writing & Publishing student 
  • Yoly Mancilla - WCYA student 
  • David Markow - VP for Student Services 
  • Lauren McCall - Music Composition student 
  • Cori McCarthy - WCYA alumna
  • Thatiana Oliveira - Assistant Director, Visual Art
  • Mario Ontiveros - Faculty, Visual Art  
  • Liz Patton - Faculty, Art & Design Education 
  • Tamara Perkins - Film student
  • Jennifer Pun - Writing student
  • Jennifer Renko - Director, Graphic Design
  • Jennifer Skinder - Director, Graduate Studies in Art & Design 
  • Valentyn Smith - Writing & Publishing student 
  • Jessica Stratton - Visual Art student 
  • Kristelle M. Ulrich - MAT student 

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