COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND DEMONSTRATING CONTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC GOOD
DISD's commitment to the public good is most closely aligned with the "institutional structure" and the "civic engagement" aspects as defined in the "WASC Resource Guide for Demonstrating Contribution to the Public Good". An education in interior design is by nature continually changing to meet societal and environmental needs, advances in technology and the understanding of lifestyle benefits, and to ensure that graduates of a program can not only meet the profession, they can lead the way into the future.
The institutional and program goals and institutional learning outcomes combined with the published diversity statement encompass the philosophy, approach and practice, of how the curriculum at DISD makes this commitment. DISD is fortunate to have the input of many individuals who are committed to the educational process. Those individuals include: faculty who are working professionals and bring current practice into the classroom; administrators with empathy and understanding for diverse backgrounds; students of diverse backgrounds (many coming with previous degrees, from other countries and often active military histories); board members who bring different areas of expertise and experience; professional interior designers/architects who serve as guest critics and jurors; externship employers/graduate employers who provide practical training and employment; community members and partners who provide real life design experience incorporating diverse needs to the "Classroom Without Walls Initiative"; the accrediting agencies (CIDA/ACICS) who provide standards to guide the curriculum and practices. All contribute and/or impart wisdom, knowledge, diversity, understanding, practicum, experience and the insight to reach for educational effectiveness and to enable DISD to contribute to the public good through internal practices and civic engagement.
Design Institute of San Diego is committed to creating a diverse design community that supports and enhances the educational experience of its students. Diversity is welcomed and embraced in all aspects of the school’s operations including: recruitment and admission efforts, exposure to diverse instructors, building a curriculum that increases awareness of diversity, and providing learning opportunities and experiences that will encourage students to consider design in the widest possible context as well as to foster a realistic understanding of their responsibility, role and potential, as professional interior designers, in making thoughtful contributions to improve their community, the nation and, finally, the current and future condition of the world.