June 9: A message from MIAD President Jeff Morin
Dear MIAD community,
In some ways, it feels the world has changed drastically since I wrote to you last Monday. And yet, we all know that structural inequities simply have not changed for Black Americans.
I have heard from many of you, via social media or directly by email, that we have failed to create the type of environment we promised you. I would like to acknowledge today the lack of trust so many of our Black students, and other students of color, share toward this college. I apologize for the institutional failures not only under my tenure, but for those that precede me.
We had originally planned to release our 3-year plan for equity and inclusion later this month. The plan covers nearly every aspect of the college’s operations and is informed directly by data from this spring’s campus climate survey and academic research. However, our best intentions do not excuse the absence of Black voices, perspectives, and lived experiences among MIAD’s senior leadership. Before proceeding, we are committed to listening. We will be reaching out to local organizations this week to solicit guidance and feedback.
I hear you. I strongly want to have all the answers to solve these issues, but I do not. I am calling on every member of the MIAD community to begin the work of fighting anti-Black racism and systematic oppression. These efforts require an investment of time, resources, and critical competence. This will be a long-term effort, and it’s one that I am deeply committed to.
A summary of the work completed this year related to equity and inclusion, as well as a summary of the climate survey data was shared with all students and employees at the end of May. To view this information, please visit www.miad.edu/college-services/inclusivity/action.
Many of you have asked about our relationship with the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). We have no joint policing arrangements with MPD and have no MPD officers on our Security staff. We will not employ MPD officers at any events in the future.
We will be able to offer more specifics on our actions in the near future. Until then, I welcome your questions and concerns as we work together on these efforts.
In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.
Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.
Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at their January 2024 meeting. Dr. Daniel A. Schroeder, co-founder and president/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC), and Noah Stone, reference librarian and circulation assistant at North Shore Public Library, joined MIAD’s Board.