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DEI Statement

Encouraging Diversity

NewSchool of Architecture & Design was established with the vision of fostering a non-traditional and innovative educational environment. The institution has always encouraged new ways of looking at design and the world, and this is reflected in the name, NewSchool. The university contends that creative and critical thinking flourishes in an environment of diverse thought and varied opinion. We are continually expanding our national and international network as well as solidifying our reputation for excellence in academia and design practice. We are committed to nurturing future leaders and creators who will shape the world with their unique design solutions. School wide initiatives, academic programs, and resources are rooted in empathy and equality to ensure that students, staff and faculty have the support and resources needed to be successful during their time here. Everyone is encouraged and empowered to be themselves, to be open to new experiences and to be a part of human-centered design solutions that may address today’s most pressing challenges.

Academic Pillars

NewSchool’s operational posture consists of four pillars grounded in preparation for practice. These pillars support our institutional mission, values, and purpose.

Human Welfare

Environmental Empathy

Community & Industry Engagement

Data & Technology

Establishing Equity

NewSchool is a welcoming campus that values the contributions of individual from all backgrounds. We are committed to inclusivity, equity and excellence in education, creating a diverse and vibrant community where each student, faculty, and staff member’s voice and experiences are integral to our identity. We champion diversity within our student body, faculty, and staff, with a significant percentage of our students identifying as under-represented minority ethnicities. We also serve a large population of transfer students and working individuals from multi-cultural and economically diverse backgrounds

We strive to foster an inclusive learning community where respect and open expression of ideas are the norm. We cultivate a culture of belonging and connectedness, valuing, respecting, supporting, and engaging all members of our community. We encourage authenticity and the expression of diverse perspectives. NewSchool also strives to foster an inclusive learning community where students, faculty and staff are treated with respect, ideas are freely expressed, and differences are accepted and valued.

Faculty Affinity Areas

The pillars serve to identify and support core institutional values for our students, which grounds program curricula, while the affinity areas provide the driving focus for research and scholarship among faculty.

Design & Technology

Design & Strategy

Design & Health

Design & Environment

Fostering Inclusion

We welcome and encourage authenticity, a multitude of perspectives, and diverse voices. We create initiatives that address diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do, and we strive to sustain a nurturing atmosphere where everyone can belong, contribute and succeed. NewSchool emphasizes and welcomes authentic conversations about real problems on our campuses, nationwide and in the world, and we believe that this is key to an open, inclusive and safe campus environment. We continually evolve over time to address important topics and make necessary change.

We understand that it is our shared responsibility to enhance the quality of life for everyone at NewSchool. To accomplish this, we provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment in which to grow, learn, and work. We foster a safe campus environment where community members can thrive without fear of hate, bias, discrimination, and/or harassment. NewSchool condemns all forms of discrimination and the disparagement of any person or persons based on religion, nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, or identity. At NewSchool, every student, faculty, and staff are valued.

NewSchool is also committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other federal, state, and local laws, the college does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, or other college-administered programs and activities.