Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at KCAD

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Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) respects you in whatever ways you identify yourself. Your personhood and identity are supported, welcomed, and encouraged here.

Our identities may differ in many ways, but we thrive in our community because of, not in spite of, these differences of experience. We promote an inclusive student and employee environment where all are invited to participate in the rich diversity that informs our creative expression. Below, you'll find information and resources that reflect our commitment to creating a vibrant creative learning community that fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance among students, faculty, and staff.


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Preferred Names and Pronouns


Students or employees may choose the first name they prefer to be referred by. Any community member may, at any time, change their preferred first name through the MyFSU system. Students will automatically have this name used when they arrive on campus. If you wish, you can let your professors know your pronouns.

Preferred First Name Policy




KCAD supports an inclusive policy and recognizes our student and staff’s human dignity. Simply put, please use the restroom that represents your gender identity. If you just need privacy, we have restrooms designated as single use in our 17 Fountain Street NW building. 

More info on single-use restrooms

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Student Clubs and Organizations


Looking to explore new opportunities and make new friends? Enlarge your KCAD community with our diverse offering of registered student organizations.

Featured RSOs
  • BIPOC Association
  • Global Connection Club
  • Green Council
  • Huer Magazine
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Club
  • United Campus Christian Fellowship




Every month the Ferris LGBTQ+ Resource Center sponsors opportunities on KCAD’s campus for shared events and get-togethers. KCAD also hosts a variety of DEI-focused events throughout each academic year. 


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KCAD/Ferris Resources

KCAD and Ferris are proud to foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging across our campus communities with a variety of specialized staff members and resource centers available to support you. 


Local Resources

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If you have a concern on campus regarding racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ discrimination, ableism or any other form of discrimination, please use the following confidential form which will be reviewed by our Campus Climate Team (CCT) made up of KCAD Student Services, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Ferris LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and Disability Services.

Share your concerns