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Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Theatre’s core values are reflected in our mission and daily endeavor.

We are dedicated to educating diverse undergraduate and graduate students in rigorous programs that fully integrate their training with the operations of our professional theatre, which serves the cultural life of the region.

We are deeply committed to the values of the College of Arts and Sciences – traditions of a liberal arts education; free, bold and ethical inquiry; effective civic engagement; an understanding and appreciation of our nation’s natural and cultural heritage, and a deep respect for diversity, inclusion and cultural variety within our discipline.

The department also recognizes and values diversity in all forms, including age, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, national origin, race religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, veteran status.

We believe inclusivity and diversity in our workplace should reflect the increasing multicultural and global society in which we live. We seek to foster excellent creative research, scholarship and professional practice, by creating a welcoming environment, ethical recruitment practices, support a diverse student body, who will have lives of awareness, understanding, through their creative research, teaching, practicing and advocating for others in a diverse world.  We will attract and sustain faculty who pursue creative expression and research that enriches lives and seeks solutions to society’s problems.  We seek to impart empathy and self-knowledge to our students, and values of life-long learning and engagement.  We seek to provide them with the knowledge and experiential foundations for a rich, fulfilled, engaged life and career as informed citizens. 

We will promote diversity and inclusion because these values reflect a basic human right to justice and equality of opportunity for all, as well as engender the most effective environment to foster creative citizens and to prepare our students for the world.