Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belongingness

Team-Based, Multiplayer Culture

What Is DEIB?

Diversity asks, “Who’s in the room?”

Equity responds, “Who is trying to get into the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?”

Inclusion asks, “Has everyone’s ideas been heard?” To which Justice adds, “Whose ideas won’t be taken as seriously because they aren’t in the majority?”

Diversity asks, “How many more of [pick any marginalized identity] group do we have this year than last?”

Equity responds, “What conditions have we created that maintain certain groups as the perpetual majority here?”

Inclusion asks, “Is this environment safe for everyone to feel like they belong?”

Justice challenges, “Whose safety is being sacrificed and minimized to allow others to be comfortable maintaining dehumanizing views?”

-Dr. DL Stewart Begin

Diversity Statement

University of Silicon Valley maintains a policy of inclusiveness that recognizes, values, and reflects the diversity of the community it serves.

University of Silicon Valley is an equal opportunity institution of higher education and is firmly committed to nondiscrimination in its delivery of educational services. These practices include, but are not limited to, admission to, and participation in the benefits and services of, educational programs or related activities sponsored by the University.

When necessary, the University will reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities if the individuals are otherwise qualified to meet the fundamental requirements of the University’s educational program and/or able to safely perform all essential functions, without undue hardship to the University.

USV students walking by the campus sign, talking and smiling at each other.

Alumni Diversity in Action

USV is Proud to Highlight Some of Our Most Talented & Celebrated Alumni:

Cogswell College graduates below were part of the teams who created the following award-winning films.

  • I-Wei Huang, Toy and Character Director at Toys for Bob
  • Lyndsay Pearson, Sr. Producer at EA Redwood Shores
  • Britney Thoreson, Background Designer at Cartoon Network/Nickelodeon
  • Cristopher Evart, Character TD at Walt Disney Animation Studios, ACADEMY AWARD “Best Animated Feature” – Frozen
  • Harnick Atur, Lead 3D Artist at Playstudios
  • Jake Levine, Technical Marketing Engineer, Intel RNB
  • Jessica ‘Psy” DeLacy, Simulation TD at Pixar Animation Studios, ACADEMY AWARD “Best Animated Feature” (team award) – Coco
  • Meenu Kaur, Character TD at Method Studios
  • Raymond Crook, Animation Lead at Double Fine Productions
  • Nathan Hillier, GOLDEN GLOBE “Best Animated Feature Film”- How to Train Your Dragon II
  • Ryan Rogers, ACADEMY AWARD “Best Visual Effects”- Life of Pi
  • Caleb Madsen, founder of Acoustic Masterminds, awarded US Patent for “Digital camera system for acoustic modeling”
  • Vitaly Golomb, named Managing Director and Global Head of Principal Investments, IEG – Investment Banking Group
  • Julie Cortes – Manticore Games – Environment Artist
  • Drake Rose – Manticore Games – Gameplay Engineer
  • Dylan Rose – Manticore Games – Game Artist
  • Chase Adams – Barbed Wire Studios – Lead Animator
  • Brian Cofano – Outpost Vfx – Lighting Artist
  • Cassidy Robideaux – WB Games – Associate Sound Designer
  • Olivia Olortegui – Laika LLC – Jr. Animation Tech Director
  • Saba Salari – Magic Tavern – Jr. Game Developer
  • Turan Nguyen – QUALCOMM  – DevOps Engineer
  • Terrance Usher – Revature – .Net Software Engineer