April 1, 2021

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization at the School of Creative and Performing Arts

by the SCPA EDID Committee

The events of 25 May 2020 were the catalyst for an unprecedented international mobilization focussed on urgent issues of racism and discrimination. While the death of George Floyd galvanized a global sense of outrage, it also served to highlight a necessity for change that has a long, complex and deeply troubling history.

Members of the School of Creative and Performing Arts recognize our own complicity in policies and practices that have long contributed to oppression and disenfranchisement on the basis of race and cultural heritage, as well as gender and sexual orientation, disability, and/or other aspects of lived experience. To face and address these dynamics, we are currently working on a range of initiatives with the objectives of community consultation, self-education, and concrete short-, medium- and long-term action. These actions include establishing multiple options for safe and effective student reporting of racism and/or harassment; the forming of a diverse, community-based Advisory Board; education and training opportunities for members of our faculty and staff; public EDID presentations and events; student peer-support programs; the review and revision of our curriculum and performance programming; and efforts to diversify our faculty and staff cohorts.

The SCPA Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization (EDID) Committee was formed in the spring of last year and became a formal Standing Committee of the School in March 2021. The committee’s mandate is to advance and promote equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization in all of the SCPA’s policies and practices. It is also intended to directly address issues of discrimination in terms of hiring priorities, recruitment, curricula, programming, student feedback and in other aspects of the workplace and learning environment. With sub-committees dedicated to Events, Student Reporting, Hiring Priorities, and the EDID Advisory Board, the EDID Committee involves the consistent and focussed energy of a large group of committed faculty, staff and students, collaboratively working towards greater equity, opportunity and inclusion in the work we do and the environment we create.

Members of the SCPA EDID Committee
1 April 2021

Bruce Barton, Professor, Returning SCPA Director (1 July 2021): Committee Chair
Joelle Welling – Senior Instructor, Interim SCPA Director
Michelle Moss – Associate Professor, Dance Division Chair
Melanie Kloetzel – Professor, Dance
Clement Martini – Professor, Drama
Christine Brubaker – Associate Professor, Drama
Adam Patrick Bell – Associate Professor, Music
Mary Lou Mendyk – Manager – Department Operations
Abir Bachir – Venue Business Administrator
Constantina Caldis Roberts – Academic Programs Specialist: Scheduling & Community Engagement
Cabri Boechler - Dance Undergraduate Student Representative
Maggie Kwong – Drama Undergraduate Student Representative
Filip Vujanovic - Music Undergraduate Student Representative
Jason Young – Graduate Student Representative