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How to get involved

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Ringling College of Art and Design is a hub where students, faculty, staff, and alumni can connect and support one another in myriad ways. Stop by or reach out to the Center to learn more about engaging with Diversity, Inclusion, Intersectional and 2SLGBTQIAP+ life on campus and beyond. 


We often need assistance with program planning, program implementation, putting up posters, making 2SLGBTQIAP+ buttons and ribbons, and other special projects. The time commitment can be as small or large as you'd like it to be. 


To find out more information or if you have additional questions please feel to contact CDI at

17 ways to get involved

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Here are a number of ways to get connected and involved with the community:
  1. Visit our center, and check out our CDI Lounge, Zen room and connect with peers and colleagues. 

  2. Sign up for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion email list to stay current with upcoming events.

  3. Follow us on Social Media to receive information on programs, resources and leadership opportunities and so much more at CDI.

  4. Share our events and programs on your social media pages. 

  5. Register to volunteer to help us with programs and events, drop-in Food and Hygiene Pantry hours, CDI Narrative Collective Documentary and Gallery Project, tabling, chalking, hanging fliers, and so much more. 

  6. Follow us on Ringlink and check out our programs and events.

  7. Check out and get involved in one of the many 2SLGBTQIAP student organizations on campus and sign up for their email lists to get information about their events and meetings.

  8. You are invited to join in our programs, student organizations, events, leadership opportunities and discussion groups which are all designed to support your academic and professional growth and social success.

  9. Meet with the Associate Dean and Director of the center for a one-on-one for direct support and help navigating campus resources.

  10. Come to a discussion group and/or workshop to partake in dialogue, listen and learn.

  11. Explore the ways our campus serves Students of Color, 2SLGBTQIAP, International Students, and Veterans Student community to support as an advocate and ally.

  12. Apply for one of our unpaid internships to help us run some of the major functions of our Center. 

  13. Visit our CDI lending library.

  14. Act as a liaison between CDI and other organizations that you are involved with.

  15. Study, hang out, join us for lunch, or browse through our resources

  16. Attend one of our Global Experiential Learning Trips to learn about the history and social justices issues impacting indigenous, diasporic and 2SLGBTQIAP communities, promote civic engagement, engage and meet community artists involved in social justice, as well as allow for and encourage personal and artistic growth.

  17. Help us spread the word!


The Benefits

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Ringling offers students an opportunity to learn more about various aspects of Diversity, Inclusion, Intersectionality, Social Justice, Communities of Color and 2SLGBTQIAP communities through a cultural and artistic lens by engaging our community in immersion and dialogic experiences. 


By getting involved and staying engaged with CDI, students will learn and benefit from the following: 


Historical & Socio-cultural Learning

  • Enhance academic learning and civic education;

  • Develop and improve critical thinking and reflection skills;

  • Approach history with an attitude of respect and equality;

  • Learn that history can mean being present with people.

Community Engagement

  • Become aware of and ask critical questions about current local, national and global concerns;

  • Understand the dynamic nature of community life and that every member’s contribution is valuable and necessary;

  • Demonstrate an openness to transformation through experiences with other communities;

  • Be in solidarity with people who are materially poor or marginalized.



  • Increase awareness of societies, cultures, diverse world-views, and perspectives;

  • Recognize the assets (strength, wisdom, and aspirations) of other communities;

  • Recognize the inherent value and dignity of each person;

  • Develop relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and recognize the way in which these relationships enrich our lives;

  • Acknowledge and appreciate the differences between other communities and one’s own.

Justice and Social Change

  • Expand awareness and knowledge of local, national and global social justice issues;

  • Learn about privilege (cultural, racial, gender, class, sexuality and etc.);

  • Analyze one’s position in terms of privilege, power and oppression;

  • Recognize injustice and the structures that cause and maintain oppression (e.g. racism, classism, sexism, etc.);

  • Understand how systemic oppression negatively effects and impacts individual lives;

  • Expand knowledge of existing networks and groups working for social change;

  • Identify unjust language and use more inclusive and just language.



Personal Growth/Emotional Development

  • Develop knowledge of self through habits of critical personal reflection;

  • Understand how justice activities can help to discover one’s meaning and purpose in life;

  • Learn to collaborate effectively with fellow students, faculty and staff, and community members;

  • Improve interpersonal and social skills.

Artistic Growth

  • Learn skills for becoming an ethical practitioner of your craft and strategies for engaging in truthful and transformational narratives-shifting; 

  • Learn infrastructure-building and how to build creative strategies for community mobilization and support through the arts;

  • Learn how to create cultural policy oriented toward access and equity for artists.


  • Be a positive role model in terms of behavior, attitude and language;

  • Improve one’s organizational skills of time management and planning;

  • Develop leadership skills (communication, collaboration, affirmation, motivation, facilitation, delegation, evaluation, supervision, goal setting, and problem solving).

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