Statement of Solidarity
The Department of Theatre & Dance faculty and staff stand in solidarity with those saying “no more” to systemic racism and injustice. Our department wholeheartedly agrees with President Caboni's message of June 2nd and will do all we can to help honor the commitments therein. Beyond that, we believe that the performing arts engage creators and audiences mentally, emotionally, and physically in order to express our humanity and share our stories. They can – and should – play a crucial role in bringing injustice to light as well as helping us all imagine ways to build better, more equitable, and more just worlds. To do this work, we must ensure that the educational and creative community that is our department is fully inclusive; we know that real change in both the arts and the world requires all possible voices and the complicated, intersecting life experiences they bring.
We aren’t there yet. But we will keep working to be better. We will work to ensure that this department is a place where BIPOC students are consistently supported and know their ideas, art, and voices belong. We will strive to create and produce work that fights the good fight by challenging oppression, violence, marginalization, and white privilege. In our classrooms, in our rehearsal rooms, and on our stages, we will work hard to make a difference.
We recognize that this is an ongoing project and in the words of Baltimore Center Stage, “commit to being productively dissatisfied with our own progress, and to working with all our might to help bend the arc of justice even further.”
As part of this process we will:
- Prioritize the use of departmental resources to support underrepresented students and their scholarly and artistic projects
- Actively work to ensure that our syllabi, reading lists, and performance selections represent the widest possible range of voices, stories, and bodies
- Ensure that white faculty and staff continue to educate themselves about issues of racial justice both in and outside of the performing arts and help our students do the same. We will listen to our BIPOC colleagues and students without expecting them to do this work for us.