Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Preferred Name Policy

 

Policy on Preferred First Names                                                                                  Effective August 1, 2016

Otis College of Art and Design is committed to fostering an inclusive campus that values self-expression and respect for the variety of communities it serves. The College recognizes that many students, faculty and staff choose to use a preferred first name rather than a legal name whenever a legal name is not absolutely necessary, limited by technology, or required by law. At Otis College, students may request a preferred first name by submitting a Preferred First Name Request Form; faculty and staff may request use of a preferred first name by contacting Human Resources.  Otis College reserves the right to remove or deny the preferred first name if used inappropriately. This includes, but is not limited to, names using foul or inappropriate language, names submitted to avoid a legal obligation, and names used to create misrepresentation.  Each individual may request one preferred first name change during each twelve month period.  

In addition, some students, faculty and staff may choose to use a preferred pronoun (see Preferred Pronoun Policy).

 

Guide

This guide offers instructions and information to those who wish to designate a preferred name.  It also serves as an educational resource for the entire community so that we can continue to be an inclusive and sensitive campus.

What is a preferred name? 

A preferred first name is a chosen first name that is different than a legal first name. Examples of communities that often use preferred names include international students who wish to use an Anglican or American name. Transgender and genderqueer students may wish to use a name that better represents their gender identity.

 

How do I designate my preferred name at Otis College?

 

Students may request a preferred first name by submitting a Preferred First Name Request Form.

Preferred First Name Request Form for students

Faculty and staff who have not already indicated a preferred name can do so by contacting Human Resources.

Must everyone indicate a preferred first name?

 

No. Using a preferred name is entirely optional.  If your legal first name is the name that you prefer to use, you do not need to do anything at all. 

 

In which Otis College documents will the preferred name be used?

 

A preferred name will appear on the following records and documents:

  • Class Rosters

A student’s name will be displayed as Legal Last Name, Legal First name <Preferred Name> =

Smiths, William <Andrea>

  • Otis College Identification/OneCard
  • O-Space (Otis Learning Management System)

 

  • Otis College assigned email address

Your email address will be the first initial of your legal first name along with your legal last name. The name that appears to recipients of your emails will be your preferred name and legal last name.  For example, William < Andrea > Smiths’ email address will be wsmiths@otis.student.edu but the name appearing as the sender will be Andrea Smiths.

 

While Otis College is committed to expanding its use of preferred first names, here are examples in which a legal first name will currently be used due to technology limitations and/or legal requirements:

 

  • Academic Records including degree evaluations and transcripts (both official and unofficial)
  • Self Service
  • Class Schedules
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  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Documents
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  • Any legal document produced by the University

 

Using a preferred name when addressing faculty, staff and students:

When addressing other members of our community (including students, faculty, and staff) please use their preferred names in all oral and written communications, except on documents that require a legal name or when technology limitations make it impossible. 

Faculty and staff are asked to refer to each student by their preferred name (as indicated on the class roster and OneCard) at all times, including when taking attendance, grading work, calling on a student in class, talking with the student directly, discussing the student with others, and when sending the student an email.

What if I don’t know someone’s preferred name?

Ask.  Asking shows that you respect another person’s choice.

What if someone uses my legal name when addressing me, but I want them to use my preferred name?

If someone mistakenly addresses you by your legal name, simply remind them that you wish to be addressed by your preferred name. 

What if I have legally changed my legal name?

Students who have changed their legal name should contact the Registration Office and be prepared to submit documentation showing proof of a legal name change.  

Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources for more information.

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