Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at KCAD
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
West Michigan is home to many nonprofits and other organizations providing invaluable
DEI-focused resources to our community, from networking and professional development
opportunities to mental and physical health services to the arts and cultural enrichment.
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.
KCAD DEI Annual Reports
- KCAD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Report 2022-2023
- KCAD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Report 2020-2021
- KCAD Diversity and Inclusion Report, 2020-2021
- KCAD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Report, 2019-2020
- KCAD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Report, 2018-2019
- KCAD Diversity and Inclusion Report, 2019-2020
- KCAD Diversity and Inclusion Report, 2018-2019
- KCAD Diversity and Inclusion Report, 2017-2018
- KCAD Diversity and Inclusion Report, 2014-2015
- Ferris Diversity Reports Archive