President’s Blog – Inclusive Environments Unlock Creative Potential 

April 11, 2022
A photograph of students using a sewing machine

Written by President Don Tuski

The College for Creative Studies prides itself on its rich, diverse community. We strive to make sure our campus is a safe place for all community members. Addressing areas like age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, physical attributes, marital or familial status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law can be an uncomfortable process. Through research, exploration, and advocacy, we must be willing to push through that discomfort to strive for positive change within our community and unite with others.

Spurred by students, faculty, and staff, CCS has worked to develop an open and inclusive environment that is free from harassment and discriminatory practices and built on a foundation of respect, empathy, and knowledge. Our commitment extends to several areas including our gender-neutral and accessible restrooms, CCS Reflection Room, Chosen and Legal Name policy, Religious & Cultural Observances Guidance, DEI Lecture & Professional Development Series,  DEI Blog Series, and Inclusive Excellence Resources Guides which advance our commitment toward creating a more inclusive campus community.  We continue to grow and celebrate the unique perspectives and passions shared while engaging with Student Organizations, CCS MI-ACE Women’s Network,  DEI Advisory Council, Alumni Community, CCS Departments, community & industry partners, and more.

Many members of our community have expressed concern about the increasing number of legislative proposals across the country that seek to suppress discussion of issues that affect marginalized communities or curb their rights, including the Stop W.O.K.E. Act and Don’t Say Gay. I join in these concerns and believe that these types of measures negatively suppress the academic environment, which should be open to the free expression and discussion of ideas.

To all members of the CCS community, if you need support, please reach out to the Wellness Center or the Office of Institutional Equity & Inclusion (OIEI) stands ready to assist any member of our campus community.

There is a lot more that CCS and many other institutions can do to truly create inclusive and welcoming environments. As a society, we cannot afford to diminish the contributions of any individual. Our diversity and uniqueness as individuals fuels creativity and innovation. I am committed to ensuring that our campus community fosters a truly inclusive and welcoming creative environment.