Photograph from the Pratt Design Show of several people looking at models and designs displayed tables and walls

Neighbor to one of the most diverse communities in the country, Pratt has a long history of outreach and community engagement. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council Expanding Beyond the Gates Subcommittee developed the following six goals to expand our engagement with the external community and advance diversity, equity and inclusion in a way that benefits all of Pratt’s stakeholders.

  • Strengthen the pipeline from high school to art school for underrepresented students.

  • Increase fundraising for scholarships and secure research grants to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Improve diverse alumni engagement and organize targeted alumni giving campaigns.

  • Expand local community development and engagement opportunities.

  • Increase internship and job opportunities for underrepresented students.

  • Improve diversity, equity, and inclusion branding and messaging on Pratt web, social media, and other communication platforms.

Results as of Academic Year 2020:

  • Diversity Strategic Fundraising Workshop for Institutional Advancement and Senior Leadership

  • Board of Trustees Diversity Workshop

  • Classifying Minority, Women, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Veteran Owned Pratt Vendors

  • $1M Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault Scholarship for diverse Architecture students

  • NYC Council $850K Award to Pratt Center Made in NYC Initiative

  • NYC Council $890K/Brooklyn Borough President $500K Award to Create the Pratt Research Yard 

  • Institutional Advancement launched Pratt Student Emergency Fund

  • Increased funding for Pratt Pre-College and Young Scholars applicants

  • The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) launched work with Pratt Libraries on Archive

  • BAP expanded McCann Márcio Moreira Multicultural Fellowship to additional academic disciplines

  • Interdisciplinary Technology Lab, Design and Architecture donation of Personal Protective Equipment (15,000 Face Shields) for Brooklyn and New Jersey Hospitals

  • Pratt Food Donation to Rethink Food NYC 

  • Student Government Association and Student Involvement donation of 100 MetroCards to Brooklyn Hospital 

  • Pratt Civic Partnership Group launched to expand work with Elected Officials

  • Imagine Schools NYC Proposal with Bank Street College of Education