Commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

CCAD is a place for people like you.

People who think differently. People who refuse to stay within a box, stereotype, line, or any other boundary that restricts self-expression. Diversity moves art forward. Diversity makes our connected community even stronger.

CCAD Diversity Statement

CCAD's diversity statement

CCAD defines diversity as a collection of differences in human expressions, life experiences and personal characteristics present among individuals and groups. These elements, in sum and in part, enrich our campus community and the larger world. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, age, culture, ethnicity, gender identification and presentation, geographical location, language, nationality, physical and cognitive abilities/qualities, political views, race, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation and preference, and socioeconomic status. This definition informs and guides our curriculum, programs and conduct as we strive for greater understanding and true celebration of our human community.

Student organizations widen your horizons and help you network.


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(That’s our formal way of saying they connect you with stuff to try and friends to meet.)

Ways to get involved:

Advertising & Graphic Design
Student Collective
Animation Student Collective
Asian/Asian-American Student Association (AAASA)
Basketball Club—CCAD Owls
Battle Games Alliance
Black Student Leadership Association
CCAD Spinecrackers Book Club
Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)
Comics Collective (COCO)

Fashion Student Organization
Game Development Guild
Glass Club
Illustration Student Collective
Industrial Design Student Collective
International Students Association
Jewelry Club
Queer Alliance
Student Government Association
Student Programming Board

This isn’t even the full list. If, when you pick up the full list from our Student Engagement Office, the organization you were hoping to see isn’t on there, you can totally start it.

Ways that CCAD strives to live by its commitments to equity and inclusion "making inclusivity the new norm":

Gender inclusive bathrooms

Preferred name policy

Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC)- explain their commitment to serving diverse populations

First Female President (1 of 6 at AICAD institution)

Special Topics Courses (Human Trafficking, etc)

Engagement and Inclusion Retreat (previously Diversity Retreat)

Heritage Monthly Poster Campaigns

Pizza with a Purpose

CCAD Thrift

Students & alumni get involved