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Our Commitment

As a land grant university, we are committed to a foundational principle of inclusive excellence recognizing that our institutional success depends on how well we welcome, value, and affirm all members of the CSU community. Only through the inclusion of the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni can we truly be excellent in our pursuits.

As a department we work with multiple groups on campus and within the community to enhance our understanding and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee meets monthly to learn from DEI leaders and initiatives across the university and implement activities and action items for the Department of Design and Merchandising.

Interior design students in classroom


This is a sampling of Design and Merchandising courses with DEIJ content.

INTD 335 Interior Architecture and Design Technologies

“Upper-level students enrolled in INTD 335 – Interior Architecture and Design Technologies learn Revit, a building information modeling software, to design a parametric tenant-improvement law office project located in Minnesota. While modeling the building, students learn about the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) regulations on the architecture field. Then, students apply local and state building codes to their projects to demonstrate their accessible design knowledge.”

Maria Delgado, Assistant Professor in Interior Architecture and Design

Maria Delgado

INTD 476 IAD Capstone

“Students enrolled in INTD 476 IAD Capstone integrate sociocultural issues and needs into their capstone projects, including affordable housing, assistive living, child protective care, support for at-risk populations, and accessibility in local, regional, national, and international contexts. Students apply ADA standards, including digital accessibility, in their design processes.”

Jain Kwon, Assistant Professor in Interior Architecture and Design

Jain Kwon

Student designer capstone collections featured in the 2021 CSU Fashion Show “Emerge” offered an inclusive approach to design reflected in one of the graphics for the show. The collections featured men’s styles, plus-size apparel, women’s protective gear, and a multicultural bridal collection, among others.


Our outreach programs promote the diversity of backgrounds represented in the apparel and interior architecture and design industries. Service learning is an important aspect of our community engagement.


Our faculty are examining a wide array of social justice issues in their research and scholarship.

Get Involved

We value and encourage participation by students of diverse backgrounds in our school activities. Check out these opportunities for ways you can get involved.

  • 26% First-Generation Students
  • 26% Racially Minoritized Students
  • 21% Pell Grant Eligible Students

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