DEAI Update
Since the last update in February 2022, BGC has continued its DEAI efforts throughout the institution.

DEAI Working Group
BGC’s DEAI Working Group—Ebony Allen-Reece (staff), Daniel Chamberlain (student), Emma Cormack (staff, MA ‘18), Freyja Hartzell (faculty, MA ‘05), Jesse Merandy (faculty), Laura Microulis (staff, PhD ‘16), Sebastian Moya (staff), Alexis Mucha (staff, MA ‘07), Soon Kai Poh (fellow), Antonio Sánchez Gómez (alumnus, PhD ‘20), Samuel Snodgrass (student), Leonie Treier (student), and Maggie Walter (staff)—met on April 8, and April 29, 2022 to continue their work on diversity, equity, access, and inclusion at BGC.

The Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning subgroup (Freyja Hartzell, Jesse Merandy, Soon Kai Poh, Samuel Snodgrass) has been working on a website of teaching and learning resources that will be completed soon and presented to faculty. As a result of the subgroup’s initiative to ensure more consistent engagement with DEAI-related content in BGC’s core courses, beginning this fall, “Approaches to the Object” will include a discussion session where students and instructors will have the opportunity to explore these and other course material in greater depth.

The Gallery/Exhibitions subgroup (Ebony Allen-Reece, Emma Cormack, Laura Microulis, Alexis Mucha, and Maggie Walter) has continued to meet with various BGC departments to discuss accessibility goals and experiences. This has resulted in both short- and long-term goals that will be shared with the Management Committee for implementation. They also met with a small group of alumni to discuss their respective institutions’ DEAI goals in regards to exhibitions.

The Student Experience subgroup (Daniel Chamberlain, Sebastian Moya, Antonio Sánchez Gómez, and Leonie Treier) has completed their survey to learn about student experiences in regards to DEAI issues at BGC lives. This will be sent out to students soon and the results of these surveys and interviews will be used to help create recommendations and guidelines for the future.

Next Steps
The full DEAI WG will meet in May to discuss overall goals and subgroup progress. The subgroups will meet monthly over the summer to continue their individual work.