Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Theatre and Dance rejects racism, misogyny, classism, homophobia, ableism, sexism, ageism, religious discrimination and other forms of hate and bias. We are committed to developing and implementing departmental practices that reflect our diverse communities and prioritize equity and social justice. We value every student, instructor, staff member and patron and we aim to cultivate an inclusive artistic environment where all community members feel safe, supported, valued and empowered. As such, we affirm unambiguously that Black Lives Matter.

We believe it is the mission of the performing arts to hold a mirror up to society, celebrating diverse voices and embodiments in an effort to entertain, inspire and facilitate social transformation. We recognize that theatre and dance in U.S. higher education has historically operated from a position of privilege, focusing on Western European classicism at the expense of excluding underrepresented groups and more global perspectives. Thus, we pledge to confront and address all forms of hate and oppression through teaching, learning, performance, scholarship and service with specific attention to anti-racist practices and global perspectives in our programming and curricula.