Diversity & Inclusion
Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes, honors, and supports diversity in every context.
As an institution we are actively focusing our resources on outreach, expansion, and inclusion, and as a community we are fully committed to fostering the artistic, intellectual, individual, and social identities, contributions, and development of every one of our members.
Our Definition of Diversity
We recognize diversity as the many ways in which people differ, both as individuals and as members of intersecting groups, and we strive to honor a broad and inclusive definition of diversity within our community.
Diversity of identity may include race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, socioeconomic status, and geographic region. Forms of diversity may also include perspectives and values that arise from different cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations.
VCFA has adopted the term “alumnx” to refer to our graduates. Read more about our commitment to more inclusive language in the VCFA Alumnx Statement.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
With representation across VCFA programs and departments, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee works to bring greater equity and inclusion to all levels of the institution and to review planning, policies and procedures related to staff, faculty, students and alumnx, as well as the on-campus experience of all who visit the college, and VCFA’s role in the community at large.
We invite suggestions and contributions to the ongoing dialogue at VCFA. To get involved or send an idea, contact [email protected].
To learn more about our committee membership and view meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes, visit our Diversity & Inclusion Resource Page.
(Featured artwork by MFA in Visual Art student Ross Sheehan, 2019.)
Related VCFA Policies
|Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy||Learn More|
|Statement on Artistic Freedom & Responsibility||Learn More|
|Student Bill of Rights||Learn More|
|Title IX Discrimination & Harassment Policy||Learn More|
|Title IX Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault Policy||Learn More|
Director of Alumnx Affairs & Diversity Initiatives
866-934-8232, ext. 8839
Education & Training
- In February 2019 we partnered with The Peace & Justice Center in Burlington to bring a series of educational workshops focused on racial justice to VCFA staff and local faculty.
- We are working to establish ongoing educational opportunities that range in content and format for members of the VCFA community.
- We are pursuing professional development and training opportunities for select VCFA staff members in order to facilitate conversations with faculty and students during residencies.
Communications & Resources
- We have established a Diversity & Inclusion website and resource page with committee meeting minutes and relevant resources.
- We are creating a regular communication schedule to report out to the larger VCFA community of staff, students, faculty, and alumnx about ongoing initiatives.
- We are developing Bias Incident Reporting & Response procedures and additional procedures for handling conflict through facilitated conversations and mediation.
Inclusive Language in Policies & Practices
- We continue to review RFP documents, application materials, hiring documents, and VCFA policies for inclusive language.
- Ongoing efforts are under way to enhance accessibility on campus, include ADA-accessible accommodations, automatic door openers, increased privacy and all-gender spaces in dorm facilities, and improved campus lighting to ensure a safe and inclusive environment.
- A Working Group on Campus Accommodations is reviewing program housing documents and procedures to produce recommendations for greater inclusivity with respect to language, facilities, and campus space use.
Academic Program Efforts
The VCFA Young Writers Network
Founded by alumnx of VCFA’s Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, the VCFA Young Writers Network connects the college’s passionate—and growing—alumnx community to the children least likely to be able to meet and learn from professional authors. Our goal is to raise a diverse next generation of writers by creating a mentoring network that inspires young writers to discover their voice, develop their craft, and explore future careers in writing.
We work with existing nonprofits in communities where VCFA authors live, connecting our talented authors with youth populations underserved by existing creative writing resources and underrepresented in children’s literature as a whole.
We currently focus our work in the northern New England states—Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts—where we offer intensive school- and community-based residencies in collaboration with our nonprofit partners. These programs (available for grades K-12) offer children an opportunity to explore their own stories through engaging, authentic activities that increase their confidence, motivation, and skill as writers.
To learn more, visit The VCFA Young Writers Network website.