Inclusivity & Diversity at MIAD
Guided by our Core Value of Inclusion, to find strength in diversity, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design commits to maintaining an environment where its diverse community of students, employees, and guests are met with mutual respect and an appreciation of their individual differences.
Cultures of today are influenced in unprecedented ways, as technology accelerates change and introduces new media, educational attainment rises worldwide, and declarations of self-identity become the norm. Previously-unheard voices are finding platforms and audiences, allowing for greater appreciation and critique of the world we inhabit. MIAD is a part of this changing world, and the disciplines we study at MIAD give voice to an emerging collection of diverse, skilled, and empowered creative professionals ready to shape the world around them.
Here you will find resources for learning more about diversity and inclusion, information on upcoming events, and our Equity and Inclusion Action Plan:
Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.
Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) selected the design of MIAD alum Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design) for its 2023 annual ornament. The ornaments are recreated each year by artisans using a reserve painting technique, according to MAM.
For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.
Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.