Photograph of a class gathering around and examining artwork on the ground

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Body Subcommittee built on work begun in 2014, when Pratt added a specific focus on Black undergraduate students to its existing plan to increase geographic diversification of international students. They determined that continued focus on Black undergraduate students and low-income students is needed, while also expanding efforts to recruit and retain other underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students. The following five goals were developed to achieve these objectives.

  • Expand recruitment efforts and improve yields to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students.

  • Increase local pipelines of underrepresented undergraduate students from New York City.

  • Increase the number of underrepresented students across Pratt graduate programs.

  • Leverage best practices from the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) to expand academic support for other underrepresented students.

  • Reduce disparity in retention rates between Pell grant and non-Pell grant recipients.

Results as of Academic Year 2020:

  • Additional Admissions Counselor hired for NYC High Schools

  • Admissions partnering with The Black Alumni of Pratt, HEOP and Pre-College Program Staff on recruitment events 

  • Recruiting partnerships with Community-Based Organizations

  • Expanded email outreach to diverse high school students

  • Increased scholarships for First-Generation and Low-Income students

  • DEI Office engagement in Accepted Student Days

  • Participated in online Portfolio Days for undergraduate and graduate students

  • Created Accepted Student Video

  • Created Noel Levitz Videos explaining Financial Awards

  • Leveraged Starfish for Early Warning Academic Advising

  • Expanded support and tutoring from the Learning/Access Center 

  • Launched Retention Task Force

  • Test-Optional Admissions Pilot for AY2021