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Anti-Racism and Equity in Art History

The Department of Art History condemns the murder of Daunte Wright. We condemn anti-Black racist violence, police brutality, and white supremacy. Students in need of departmental or campus supports can contact our Anti-Racism and Equity Committee ( and the FSU University Counseling Center (UCC) at 850-644-8255 (24 hours, 7 days a week). Black Lives Matter.

The members of the Anti-Racism and Equity Committee in the Department of Art History express our outrage at the recent murder of eight individuals in Atlanta, six of whom were of Asian descent and seven of whom were women. The actions of the shooter are part of a documented surge in anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes against Asian Americans since the declaration of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The murders also belong to a longer history in the United States of discriminating against and stereotyping Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. The committee urges the FSU community to call out and confront violence against women and all forms of racism and xenophobia, especially racist claims that scapegoat particular groups or countries for the global pandemic.

We remind our community of the following resources for support at FSU: 

We also remind our community that you can report concerning behavior and acts of discrimination at FSU here:

Art history is a globally engaged discourse that aims to tell the stories of world arts, architectures, and visual cultures from as many perspectives as possible. We believe that a more diverse departmental community and curriculum strengthens our work as art historians. We as a department celebrate the rich inheritance of our human differences and seek to foster a scholarly environment that emphasizes inclusivity, intellectual curiosity, and compassion.

The Florida State University Department of Art History does not tolerate racist, sexist, classist, xenophobic, homophobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory behavior of any kind. The department acknowledges that it is the collective responsibility of the faculty, staff, and students to ensure that all forms of exclusion or discrimination are identified, addressed, and dispelled. We seek to promote diversity and inclusivity in all areas of the department’s academic life, including student, faculty, and staff recruitment. The department aims to cultivate a communicative, supportive, and cohesive community that thinks holistically about its own welfare and ways to move our practice forward.

The discipline of art history today faces immense opportunities based on new horizons in studies with Indigenous peoples and research on globalization, colonialism, and world histories; concerns for ecology and the environment; and the use of digital technologies. Diverse perspectives and inclusive practices within our department are fundamental for integrating an array of new scholarly developments into our thought and practice.

The FSU Department of Art History maintains an Anti-Racism and Equity Committee that meets regularly and includes undergraduate and graduate student representatives. The committee continually reassesses the department’s health in the area of diversity and inclusivity and actively pursues opportunities for improvement.