Diversity Compact 2021-2022

At Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) we are committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. Our vision and core values include being agile, inclusive, supportive, and transformational.

MECA&D is committed to Social Change, Racial Justice, and Inclusion. As a community, we are committed to addressing seen and unseen structures, systems, practices, and traditions of bias in all forms so that everyone in our community can participate fully and actualize their creative potential. By living these values The College aspires to cultivate artists and designers who are true agents of change and connect our community to the world in meaningful ways.

As students/faculty/staff we are ALL responsible for:

  1. Developing a culture of social change, racial justice, and inclusion

  2. Using a racial equity lens when it comes to classroom/work assignments

  3. Learning about anti-racist policies and research on a continuous basis

  4. Exploring Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) art & culture

  5. Understanding how power and privilege to influence all relationships

  6. Engaging in dialogue about race, racism, and racial justice

  7. Celebrating intersectionality and understand that we have multiple identities

  8. Respecting boundaries of others & yourself by prioritizing self-care

  9. Educating yourself about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

  10. Showing respect for all members of the community

This diversity compact is meant to inform all areas of the College. It will inform our programming, training, research, shared reads, curriculum, events, nomenclature, and systems of governance. The diversity compact will help to transform board, faculty, staff, and student policies using design thinking, critical race theory, and best practices toward social change, racial justice, and inclusion. For more information, contact the MECA&D DEI Officer diversity@meca.edu.

DEI Resources

Curriculum & Higher Education


Upcoming Events

  • September 15 - October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October 11: Indigenous People’s Day
  • November 18: Trans Day of Remembrance
  • January 17: MLK Day of Service
  • February 7-11: Resilience Week
  • March 8: International Women's Day

For more information, please contact: 
Margaret Brownlee

Curriculum & Higher Education

Resources for the classroom and beyond

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Recent news and conversations

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Efforts to create a more inclusive campus community

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Books, Films, & Podcasts

An introductory list of noteworthy books, films, and podcasts

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Culture & Community

Links to interesting and thought-provoking content

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Upcoming events and an archive of previous programming

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Strategies to increase diversity and awareness among faculty and staff

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Answers to commonly asked questions

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