Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
People live by what they know, therefore, the messages, images, and representation people choose are often based on what their own experience has been. Research has shown the impact of imagery: such as posters, flyers, and an online presence; on predominately white institutions (PWI) when creating a sense of inclusion and belonging within the student body on a college campus (Fisher 2007). The lack thereof is correlated with underrepresented student’s sense of feeling unseen, marginalized, and further isolated from their peers and campus community (Brooms 2017). In turn, the research highlights the importance of imagery around campus when striving for true inclusive excellence. To better gauge how UWO is managing the use of imagery, this research interviewed 10 campus students, and sent out a campus-wide survey, gaining the perspectives and experiences of over 275 students. The results from the students allow the university to hear how the images they display are reaching and affecting their student body, bridging the gap of communication between students and administration, promoting a campus of inclusive excellence.