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Education and demonstration of diverse perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds is key to building a holistic and inclusive CAP community. Connect with the many resources and materials provided by our college, researchers, and influential leaders around the globe.

Inclusive Excellence Resources

For Students

Student Resources

Special CAP programs and events expand our students' knowledge of the world and connect them with different cultures and practices.

More than 50 years ago, Charles Sappenfield, the founding dean of the R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), established a longstanding tradition of inviting world-renowned architects, landscape architects, and urban planners to campus. Sappenfield brought such extraordinary figures as Louis Kahn, Daniel Urban Kiley, Buckminster Fuller, Richard Meier, and Cesar Pelli to our campus to lecture and work with students—giving students the unparalleled opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in each discipline.

Sappenfield built a school with rigorous design studio standards and access to notable scholars and prominent architects, planners, and designers. He laid the framework for exposing students to world travel through access to different cultures, communities, experiences, and perspectives, and conveyed the importance of making a difference in our community.

Our commitment to these principles continues today through the CAP Guest Lecture Series and our ever-expanding digital lecture and critique participation by professionals in our fields. These opportunities continuously bring our students into contact with a rich and diverse array of speakers, firms, and organizations that broaden and deepen our understanding of the greater world around us. Our commitment to expanding our students’ horizons necessarily includes introducing them to speakers and visitors who represent different backgrounds and constituencies in society.

A blend of regional field trips, international tours, and study abroad programs take CAP students to exciting and diverse places to explore environmental design and planning. Learn more about our study abroad opportunities.

Faculty & Staff Resources

Programs and events centered around inclusive excellence help our faculty and staff grow and develop both professionally and personally.

Training and Personal Development

Peace LearningSM Center Implicit Bias Workshop

Implicit bias is something we all have. This workshop examines what it is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action. This workshop will have a small “pre-work” assignment that participants will be need to complete prior to the workshop.

The group will be led through the following self-reflection and discussions:

  • identifying and owning your own implicit bias(es) and overt bias(es)
  • how this connects to being a gatekeeper (person with power)
  • self-reflection about how this can inform/influence actions & interactions with people

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Read - Watch - Listen

A better understanding of our complex world comes from reading, watching, and listening to stories told from different perspectives than our own. Engage with research and powerful testimonials to gain a deeper knowledge of diversity and inclusiveness—and what it means for everyone.