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Recent Changes to Increase Diversity and Equity

  • We are currently doing a national search for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) with expertise in African and/or African diasporic form(s). This new full-time faculty member will join the department in September, 2020.
  • We developed two new courses:
  1. Embodied Liberation Theory and Praxis: Collaborative class to be taught winter 2020 by Rachel Chapman (faculty in anthropologies) and Dani Tirrell (faculty in dance), cross listed with Anthropology. Satisfies cross cultural requirement for the major.
  2. Diaspora Negra: Afro-Latinx Dance Traditions: to be taught spring 2020 by Monica Rojas, assistant director of African Studies & Latin American and Caribbean Studies Programs at the Jackson School of International Studies. Satisfies cross cultural requirement for the major.
  • The department formalized an elected undergraduate student representative to attend faculty meetings. Meeting minutes are publicly posted. (Fall 2019)
  • We hired a guest artist to choreograph in an African or Afro-Diasporic tradition for the faculty dance concerts in 2019 and 2020.
  • The department re-organized modern and ballet curriculum so that only three levels of these idioms are offered (after introductory courses), to help redress over-representation of these forms in our curriculum. (Fall 2019)
  • We are engaged in ongoing expansion of our curriculum to include a wider variety of dance styles.
  • We undertake ongoing revisions to our course schedule to offer different dance forms at a variety of times.
  • Faculty have undertaken revision to specific courses to include examples and content from more diverse dance forms and cultures and will continue to do so.
  • We have committed to continued recruitment of faculty of color, especially those specializing in African and/or African Diasporic form(s).
  • A percentage of spaces in high-demand classes are reserved for EOP students.
  • We created a document that spells out options for communicating concerns, complaints, and suggestions to be posted in the building, on our site, on our syllabi and sent to all students. 
  • The department retitled introductory courses to reflect their content as introduction to ballet and modern (winter 2019).
  • The department initiated and supported formation of a student-run Arts Diversity Council (fall 2018)
  • We created a Department Diversity Committee including faculty, student, and staff members (fall 2018).
    • We are hiring Jabali Stewart, Intercultural / Inclusion Consultant, to facilitate five meetings with the full-time faculty and The Diversity Committee. First meeting is Dec. 3rd, 2019.
  • We began including a native land acknowledgement at the outset of public performances (began spring 2018).
  • We launched a revised dance major in 2015 that no longer requires students to reach an intermediate level in ballet and modern by the end of their degree and instead requires students to study at least four different dance techniques.

 

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