Our Mission

Our mission is to create a platform for higher education leaders which will underscore the cultural, scientific, and economic importance of video game programs in colleges and universities. The key is to create a robust network of resources—including unified advocacy, policymaker engagement, media coverage, and external funding—in order to incubate and harness the impact of this community in a 21st century learning environment.

Value Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

The Higher Education Video Game Alliance’s mission to support higher education in video games through information-sharing, resource development, and community engagement is underpinned by a commitment to openness and inclusion. We continue to work to foster inclusion and champion equity. HEVGA strives to increase dialogue and listening opportunities within our communities. We are committed to active intervention when members face discrimination, harassment, or other forms of exclusion. We will advocate for students, faculty, administrators, programs, and institutions as well as affiliates who are disadvantaged based on race, gender, class, ability, sexuality, religion, nationality, and migration status.

One of HEVGA’s primary goals is to work to expand the narrow understanding of the culture of games and game playing, recognizing the importance of access and inclusion for all. Historical and contemporary trends in games construct a limited stereotype of what defines a “gamer,” and renders invisible the nuance within communities who make and play games. Across the games industry, media, politics, academia, and game communities, this distorted and limited sense of gamer identities results in the erasure or minimization of many active participants who fail to fit the falsely assumed norm. We seek to challenge the current status quo that grants privilege and access to those from specific backgrounds by working against the exclusion of the diverse practices of gamers, game makers, and games scholars.

HEVGA values varied perspectives, approaches, and experiences. We are committed to creating a culture that welcomes and supports all people. To facilitate this, we commit to fostering inclusion by:

  • Participating in conversations and public debates to advocate for the interests of our members in all their diversity, by doing our part to ensure that important moments of potential dialogue do not result in silence.
  • Conducting and sharing research on the history and current context of games education to reveal enduring problems and move toward positive ends
  • Creating spaces to support and promote the games work of members from a rich diversity of backgrounds, traditions, and cultures.
  • Listening to our membership through email communication with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee co-chairs, regular open meetings with the committee, and the establishment of an online community amongst the membership to help facilitate dialogue and discussion as we develop safe spaces for diversity in games and higher education.
  • Acting to amplify under-represented and marginalized voices through forums, advocacy, and help with professional development.

See our committees page for a list of Diversity & Inclusion Committee members. To contact the co-chairs, email Alison Harvey and Phill Alexander.

Institutions

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United States (141)

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Academy of Art University
  • Academy of Interactive Entertainment
  • American University
  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Institute of Portland
  • Ball State University
  • Bard College
  • Becker College
  • Bradley University
  • Bristol Community College
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chaffey College
  • Champlain College
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • CUNY-- York College, City University of New York
  • Dakota State University
  • Daniel Webster College
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • DeVry Medical International - Inst. for Research & Clinical Strategy
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology
  • Dona Ana Community College
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • East Los Angeles College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Elon University
  • Excelsior College
  • Ferris State University
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Florida State University
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • George Mason University
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Grantham University
  • Hampshire College
  • Harrisburg University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University East
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Kean University
  • Lehigh University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Marist College
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Metropolitian State
  • Miami University
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Monroe College and Southern New Hampshire University
  • Montana State University-Northern
  • Montgomery College
  • National Louis University
  • New England Institute of Technology
  • New York Film Academy
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • NJCU
  • North Idaho College
  • NorthEastern University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ocean County College
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rollins College
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Seton Hall University
  • Southern Methodist Univesity--Guildhall
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • St. Edward's University
  • Stanford University
  • Strayer University
  • SUNY Empire State College
  • Susquehanna University
  • Syracuse University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Temple University
  • Texas A & M University
  • Texas State Technical College - Waco
  • The Buckley School
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Advancing Tech
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Conneticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • University of Texas - Dallas
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Wisconsin - Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanier College
  • Walsh University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University
  • William Paterson University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University

Australia (5)

  • Curtin University
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
  • Rutgers University
  • Swinburne University
  • University of South Australia

Brazil (1)

  • Universidade Federal Fluminense

Canada (9)

  • Centre for Digital Media
  • Concordia University-TAG Center
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • Vancouver Film School
  • Western University

China (1)

  • RMIT University, Beijing Key Lab of Multimedia and Human Computer Interaction

France (1)

  • École Nationale du Jeu et des Médias Interactifs Numériques/ENJMIN-CNAM

Finland (1)

  • University of Tampere

Guatemala (1)

  • Universidad Galileo

Ireland (6)

  • Ballyfermot College of Further Education
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Trinity College of Dublin
  • Triqueta Games/Michigan State University
  • University of Limerick

Japan (1)

  • Okayama University of Science

Mexico (1)

  • Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla

Scotland (1)

  • University of Glasgow

Singapore (1)

  • National University of Singapore

Slovakia (1)

  • University os Ss. Cyril and Method in Trnava, Slovakia

Sweden (2)

  • University of Skovde
  • Uppsala University- Campus Gotland

Turkey (2)

  • Middle East Technical University - Turkey
  • Suleyman Demirel University

United Kingdom (4)

  • Bath Spa University
  • Glaswgow Caledonian University
  • National Film and Television School
  • University of Huddersfield

Venezuela (1)

  • Universidad Simon Bolivar

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