Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education that prepares its undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information, and liberal arts and sciences. Pratt recognizes that a commitment to diversity and inclusion is fundamental to educating creative professionals who will make significant contributions to society through their work.
To create a learning environment where all members of the Pratt community thrive, the Institute is dedicated to attracting and retaining talented students, staff, and faculty from an increasingly diverse pool of candidates. We welcome all members from diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourage discourse from a variety of perspectives, ideas, and values. Pratt actively engages beyond its campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan and fosters relationships throughout New York City with the goal of living our values in our community.
Strategic Plan Rationale
We aspire to increase diversity and inclusion in our campus community in order to:
- Improve the quality of the educational experience at Pratt by providing a learning environment that encourages discourse between community members who hold a great diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and values.
- Support Pratt students of all backgrounds to achieve their educational goals.
- Attract and retain the best students, staff, and faculty from an increasingly diverse pool of potential students, staff and faculty.
- Prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly diverse country and to participate in a global society.
- Strengthen our capacity to engage with the diverse communities of Brooklyn and New York City generally.
Strategic Plan Priorities
The Diversity Strategic Plan will be organized around these objectives:
I. Dedicated Diversity Resources: Integrate and coordinate efforts across the Institute to achieve equity and inclusion, including creation of a senior administrative position reporting to the President.
II. Welcoming Environment: Create an environment where all students, faculty, and staff believe they belong and matter.
III. Students: Recruit and retain a diverse student body and reduce disparities in graduation rates.
IV. Faculty and Staff: Hire, retain, and develop a diverse full and part time faculty and staff dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion on campus and the success of each student admitted to Pratt.
V. External Community: Coordinate and expand “beyond the gates” diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Update on Pratt Institute’s Diversity Strategic Plan
The Diversity Strategic Planning Committee and its subcommittees are busy completing the first draft of the 2017-2022 Diversity Strategic Plan. Each subcommittee has developed a set of goals and initiatives and they are finalizing their recommended strategies for implementation, including funding and assessment. The projected completion date for the draft plan is May 30, 2017. Once the draft is completed, it will be shared with the community for additional feedback. Some highlights and themes from the early drafts include:
- A job description for the Chief Diversity Officer has been finalized and a search firm will be engaged to assist us with the search for this important position.
- Substantive changes to Pratt’s search procedures to encourage diverse and inclusive hiring pools and outcomes.
- Implementation of an extensive onboarding program for staff and faculty beginning from the first point of contact through the first year of employment.
- A full range of faculty and staff development programs are being proposed for implementation through the teaching and learning center, off-campus conferences and other training and development venues.
- Proposals to increase scholarships and other types of funding to improve the recruitment and retention of students from under-represented groups.
- Creation of tutoring and mentoring programs for students at risk for retention.
- Creation of a Community Engagement (CE) Advisory team of engaged scholars and staff.
Each subcommittee has reviewed available data relevant to the plan priorities and conducted surveys and focus groups to develop goals and initiatives. The Committee looks forward to sharing its ideas with the community later this spring.