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Welcome Back to Fall 2017!

A message from College of Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez:


As dean of the College of Design, I want to extend a warm welcome as you begin the fall semester. You are an important part of the community and play a critical role in helping shape the culture of the college. I hope you’re willing and eager to embrace the personal and professional growth and learning that await you this year.

I believe in the power of art, design and planning to make a positive impact in our classrooms, studios and communities. In light of recent local and national events, I want to reassure you that the college is actively committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all members — and hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance will not be accepted. We are a community that embraces difference and thrives on the rich tapestry of diverse identities. Diversity is a critical component of all creative processes, and in a college where creativity is essential, diversity is central to our core mission and values:

Though there has been much progress, there is still much work to do. As innovative thinkers, we have an obligation to challenge the status quo, create new narratives and evoke positive change. As we work together our aim is to ensure a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential. It is each person’s responsibility to uphold these goals. I look forward to working with each of you in advancing our community.





Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Dean
College of Design
Iowa State University

August 21, 2017 8:37 am