Offices & Divisions

Office of Culture and Identity

The Office of Culture and Identity (OCI) is committed to the needs of future generations of artists, designers, scholars, and educators. We seek to centralize and promote work that addresses social issues and support the development of students with identity and representation at MICA. OCI believes in the power of learning about and celebrating different cultures. Our welcoming student space is made to connect, support, and inspire the MICA community and beyond.

Identity + Inclusion Initiatives

You are not alone.

MICA's Office of Culture and Identity supports a number of student-lead activities and other diversity and inclusion initiatives like mentoring networks, diversity grants and resources, History/Heritage Months, and annual events like the Annual Benefit Fashion Show. Click the link below to explore OCI's supportive resources and our network of mentors.

Frankie Martin Diversity & Inclusion Grant

Each year funds are generated from ticket sales of the Annual Benefit Fashion Show (ABFS) sponsored by the Office of Culture and Identity (OCI). Profits from the show provide additional financial assistance for student participants in OCI and is on a needs-basis.

Diversity Resources

At MICA, we believe no aspect of a person’s identity is grounds for excluding them from opportunity.

OCI Connections Mentoring Network

The OCI Connections (OCIC) Mentoring Network is a personal support for incoming first year and transfer students. OCIC connects students through mentoring and co-curricular learning and is designed to produce a group of student leaders who embody the values and support and stand in solidarity with those who are feeling marginalized or underrepresented. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis for mentees who would like to be paired up with a mentor.

Annual Events

Each year, MICA's Office of Culture and Identity hosts two events that celebrate authenticity and encompass MICA's commitment to inclusivity

History & Heritage Months

Every academic year, the Office of Culture and Identity honors the following history/heritage months through active and passive programming for the MICA community.

Committees and Forms

Students of all races and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and expressions, ability, religious, political, socio-economic backgrounds and all other areas comprising diversity are central to our mission of creating a truly multi-cultural environment promoting cross-cultural sharing and learning.

Get in touch.

Office of Culture and Identity


Mosher Building 81 Mosher Street 2nd Floor Baltimore, MD 21217

Jellema Stewart, Director


Office of Culture and Identity 81 Mosher Street 2nd Flooor Baltimore, MD 21217