The front entrance to SFAI's historic 800 Chestnut Street campus

SFAI Diversity Statement

The San Francisco Art Institute strongly believes that a rigorous artistic and intellectual community is enriched by diversity and inclusion. SFAI promotes artistic and intellectual freedom by fostering environments that value our diverse students, faculty, and staff and provide all community members with a respectful and challenging space in which to address divergent opinions and ideas.

By "diversity", we mean that our community prospectively embraces differences in gender expression and identity, age, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, learning style, religion, occupation, nationality, immigration status, socio-economic status, and the many forms of composite subjectivity and life experience that span these differences. Promoting such a broadly inclusive understanding of diversity requires ongoing education and effort, to ensure support, understanding, and awareness from all community members. In this, SFAI strives to move beyond the reactive methodologies of affirmative action, even as we proactively practice equal opportunity in hiring and admissions. 

SFAI seeks to be a vanguard institution with regard to how we address and integrate notions of diversity. The Institute continues to develop connections and mutually beneficial relationships between the school’s immediate community and local and global publics in the belief that a multiplicity of voices has helped to make SFAI the influential and inspiring institution that it is today.

Diversity Committee 

Made up of students, faculty, and staff, the Diversity Committee guides SFAI in supporting diversity initiatives on campus and actively formulating and advancing policies on diversity, including analyzing where and how academic, administrative, and social programs and practices can be further developed in line with our institutional philosophy.

Curricular Components and Initiatives

On-Campus Resources

Student Groups and Organizations

  • Indigenous Arts Coalition
  • Chinese Student Association

Events, Workshops, and Training

Please check back for more information about upcoming events, workshops, and training sessions.