For updates on FADC, please visit College of Fine Arts website

The College of Fine Arts has created a section on its website devoted to information and updates about the Fine Arts Diversity Committee. All future updates will appear on the college’s website, though this site will remain live for archival purposes.

Diversity Plan Delivered to Dean Dempster

The Fine Arts Diversity Committee has delivered its Strategic Diversity Plan Proposal 2014-2019 to Dean Douglas J. Dempster. The plan reflects two years of the committee’s work to establish a comprehensive five-year plan that clearly conveys the college’s commitment to diversity and communicates the critical role that all individuals within the college play in creating a more inclusive culture. The committee utilized a multi-stage process developed by Campus Diversity and Strategic Initiatives staff within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

The three goals for the five-year diversity plan focus on recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students, and staff; the academic curriculum and creative programming; and the college’s climate and culture. The foundation for each goal is supported through a goal rationale and outcome-oriented objectives. Implementation proposals and performance standard criteria also accompany each objective.

The FADC would like to express its appreciation to Dean Dempster for his support and insight throughout the diversity planning process. His leadership serves as a role model for others on our campus as he actively and intentionally demonstrates his expectation that the College of Fine Arts serves as “a leader at UT in achieving the heterogeneity that is so essential to what we are and do” and in carrying forward “a promise of inclusion that is conditioned only on evidence of talent, accomplishment, and determination.”

Stay tuned to this site for more information on the Diversity Plan as the 2014-15 academic year begins.

Attend a Focus Group to Provide Feedback on Proposed COFA Diversity Plan

Calling all College of Fine Arts Students, Faculty and Staff:

The Fine Arts Diversity Committee has completed a proposed five-year Diversity Plan and would like your feedback. The plan is a result of the committee’s work during a 19-month planning process, including data gathered from a college-wide climate assessment, focus groups, interviews, and statistical information.

To view and provide feedback on the plan, please consider attending a focus group the week of October 21. Refreshments will be provided to stimulate your thinking.

To participate in a focus group, please sign up by clicking here or by visiting:

The planned focus groups include —

Theatre & Dance Students: Monday, Oct. 21, 5-6:30 p.m., WIN 1.148

Art & Art History Students: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 12-1:30 p.m., DFA 4.112

Butler School of Music Students: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5-6:30 p.m., DFA 4.112

COFA Staff: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12-1:30 p.m., DFA 4.112

COFA Faculty: Thursday, Oct. 24, 12-1:30 p.m., DFA 4.110

Please consider this opportunity to engage with your peers and contribute to the future of diversity work in COFA. The insights gained during the focus groups will be used to update and finalize the Diversity Plan.

If you have questions or feedback, or cannot attend a focus group but would like more information, please contact the Fine Arts Diversity Committee by email at