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Creating a More Inclusive SVA
An artwork showing several women, some in groups and some standing alone, standing or sitting in front of vegetation and against a plain background.

La Shel Olivere (MAT 2020 Art Education), To Women of Color, 2020, digital mural.

Credit: La Shel Olivere


A Message From the Director

Welcome to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section of the SVA website. My name is Dr. Jarvis M. Watson (he/him/his), and I am the inaugural director of DEI at SVA. I hope that you embrace the information within the different sections here as helpful and enriching.  

Here at SVA, we stand upon the institution’s core values, mission and vision. Our mission, vision and definitions of DEI are led by our desire to reimagine diversity, equity and inclusion. We will achieve this goal by collectively working together to develop a shared vision that includes participation and contributions from the leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni and larger SVA community. Please visit the Planning and Goals page for more information about our progress with DEI strategic planning. 

My mission and vision for SVA is to, first, meet people where they are. I plan to connect with campus stakeholders through diversity roundtable discussions, communications through social media, newsletters and email. The DEI office is also producing a diversity dialogue podcast, Diversity in 3D, and a blog, Realize DEI, and will use this website to share educational and professional development resources for DEI awareness and proficiency.  

If you ever have any questions or concerns, or would like to know how to be more involved, please email me at diversity@sva.edu. I look forward to working and building a future together. 

Be well, and let’s continue to reimagine DEI at SVA.



Jarvis M. Watson, EdD

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

About DEI at SVA

  • Vision

  • Mission

  • Definitions

  • DEI Director

  • DEI Task Force

  • Contact Us

Reporting Bias, Discrimination or Harassment

  • For Students

  • For Faculty/Staff

College-Wide Communications

  • Statement on Recent Police Shootings

  • SVA Stands in Solidarity with Our Asian Communities

  • February 4, 2021 Message from the DEI Director

  • December 7, 2020 Announcement of SVA’s DEI Director

  • July 28, 2020 DEI Task Force Statement

  • June 4, 2020 Letter from the Provost

  • June 2, 2020 Letter from the President

Contact: Jarvis M. Watson, EdD
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