Diversity Statement

Diversity and Inclusion at PNCA

As a learning community, at Pacific Northwest College of Art we value, respect, and appreciate difference—in gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, class, and age. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment that is enriched by variety in voices, work, and perspectives. We know that we are a better community of learners and educators when we have space for a multiplicity of worldviews and experiences.

Thus diversity and inclusion at PNCA are crucial to our intellectual and aesthetic inquiry. 

Guided by the principles of ethics and mutual respect, PNCA’s policies and procedures strive to ensure equity and social justice within our community of students, educators, and staff. 

Discrimination, harassment, and assault for any reason are unacceptable behavior in the PNCA community. 

A platform for experimentation and expression in the arts, PNCA is also a laboratory for critical reflection and dialog that nurtures better, more informed, more critically engaged citizens while it educates emerging artists and designers. An important aspect of our curriculum is building an awareness of and critical culture around issues of power and privilege in order to decolonize our curriculum. 

PNCA’s Diversity Task Force is made up of students, faculty, staff, and board members. The work of the Task Force to further diversity and inclusion at PNCA is ongoing.

Learn more. Contact Victor Maldonado, Assistant Professor and Inclusions Specialist, vmaldonado@pnca.edu.