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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Campus Resources

Cultivating Diversity at CCA

CCA has taken significant strides toward achieving our value-driven strategic goal of cultivating diversity.

  • CCA's entering class of students is more diverse than ever.
  • New student organizations geared toward meeting the needs of our diverse student population have launched

The college has hosted numerous events focusing on issues of social justice, equity, and diversity. The President's Diversity Steering Group (PDSG) has been hard at work implementing action plans for improving student and faculty recruitment and retention as well as training and development for staff, faculty, and students.

We hope everyone takes full advantage of the organizations and resources developed to support our community and promote diversity. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at

Campus Policies

Creating an environment that fosters the success and happiness of all our community members and values diversity and difference is everyone's responsibility. CCA maintains policies prohibiting discrimination and unlawful harassment (including hateful speech and graffiti).

Diversity + Inclusion Advocates

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students staff serve as advocates for students. They are fully committed to enriching the college community by assisting in the creation of inclusive policies, processes, and programmatic initiatives.

Additionally, they serve on the Diversity + Inclusion Task Force as a means of creating and implementing college-wide efforts, like trainings and workshops, for faculty, staff and students to enhance their knowledge in areas of interpersonal and intercultural awareness.

Below are some initiatives that have come out of collaborative efforts with the Office of the Dean of Students:

  • Diversity Scholarship Recipient Reception
  • CANVAS summer bridge program for Diversity Scholarship recipients
  • Diversity Mural Project in collaboration with Student Life and Critical Ethnic Studies
  • Lavender and Multicultural Commencement Ceremonies in collaboration with the Staff of Color Alliance, Alumni Association and the Office of Student Life
  • DiversityEdu course for staff & faculty

The Office of the Dean of Students is strategically situated within the Division of Student Affairs to build partnerships with departments that work directly with students. For continuity with the entire college community, beyond Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Students staff sit on the President’s Diversity Steering Group, along with constituents from all areas of the college.

Facts & Figures

Our diverse community intersects art, industry, and important issues to create work that matters. Learn about our community at a glance:

News, Events, & Information

President's Diversity Steering Group (PDSG)

The President’s Diversity Steering Group (PDSG) is composed of key faculty, staff, and students who are advocates for human rights and social justice, and who work together to guide the college's fulfillment of its diversity, equity, inclusion mission and goals.


Diversity scholarships are awarded to qualified undergraduate and graduate admissions applicants who bring diverse experiences, ideas, and creative work to the CCA community.

Find out more about specific scholarship opportunities below:

Student Organizations

CCA's identity-based student organizations include:

  • Alliance for Multiculturalism in Architecture (NOMAS) is a club devoted to promoting awareness of how local minority architects are excelling in the design field and shaping built environments.
  • BASS: Black Art Student Society (Black Brilliance) is an organization hosting bi-weekly seminar and event-based meetings for Black CCA students. Our seminar series called "(Us in Progress)" revolves around thematic conversations meant to unpack the meaning and importance of Black identity in a creative/academic space. We also intend to host public, all-inclusive events, working alongside other student organizations to unite cultural perspectives and highlight their differences, intersections, and similarities.
  • CCA India aims to promote cultural diversity at CCA by exposing students to Indian traditions and festivals and by organizing social events practiced in India. From Holi to Diwali, over 1000 people attend CCA India’s events every year.
  • DMBA Women in Leadership is the largest organization within the MBA school and the only women's organization at CCA. We are a strengths based community that serves to place women in higher positions in their organizations and communities. This group is a resource for those, no matter what stage in life or career, to find equally driven and like-minded individuals.
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design.
  • Kokoro, meaning “heart” in Japanese, is the Japanese Students Association here at California College of the Arts. Its mission is to enjoy Japanese culture, to encourage cultural literacy, and to nourish the Japanese community.
  • Korean Students Association
  • Manos Abiertas (Latinx Student Group) was formed to inform and appreciate Latinx and Hispanic culture. Coming together from all different countries to share the similarities and differences with each other and the rest of the CCA community.
  • My China is the Chinese Student and Scholar Association here at CCA. They believe that students should all be devoted to school and building a supportive environment. Made up of a dedicated group of students, the club’s aim is to build community and spread cultural awareness. MyChina is responsible for some of the year’s most popular cultural events, such as the Midnight BBQ and Asian Food Festival.
  • Students of Color Coalition (SCC) is a student-run, grassroots organization that embraces the race, class, gender, ethnic and national identity of CCA’s diverse student body. SCC facilitates a space for conversation and action around issues relating to and prompted by diversity within the CCA community. SCC is open to all students, faculty, and staff interested in the success of students of color at CCA.
  • Taiwanese Student Association seeks to promote awareness and appreciation of Taiwanese culture, as well as to organize various social events in the spirit of entertainment, friendship, and community.
  • Trans AGenda (TAG) is a student run organization for trans, non-binary, and gender questioning students at CCA. Intended to provide a safe space for trans and queer students at CCA, we aim to provide resources and events that celebrate trans identity.

CCA encourages all students to join or create new student organizations, groups, or clubs. Participation provides valuable experience that can have a positive effect on a student's college years as well as their future professional and personal life.

Student Resources