Summary below. See the full report/action plan here.
Create and sustain a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus climate.
- Seeking out plays by diverse authors.
- Seeking out projects that feature diverse artists.
- Using the advisory board to broaden contacts and promote programming that addresses of diversity.
- Target publicity and use marketing strategies to increase numbers of audience members from diverse backgrounds.
- Outreach to areas with minority populations.
Attract and retain greater numbers of individuals from historically underrepresented populations into faculty, staff, and administrative positions.
- Assist theatre search committees to recruit potential faculty from diverse backgrounds by approaching individuals for recommendations for candidates of diverse backgrounds.
- Recruit and retain a diverse professional staff by following closely Office of Equity and Diversity guidelines.
Attract, retain, and graduate increasing numbers of undergraduate and graduate students from historically underrepresented populations and international students.
- Use annual URTA (University Resident Theatre Association)
- National auditions , SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference) and interviews for recruitment of students from around the nation.
- Institute an annual student meeting with in-coming and continuing graduate students to answer questions and create a welcoming atmosphere.
- Continue open casting policy and increase efforts for more visible diversity in casting.
- Increase presence at recruiting events such as: university of Tennessee Open house; Tennessee theatre association; Tennessee Thespian Society.
Develop and strengthen partnerships with diverse communities in Tennessee and globally.
- Expand current outreach programs with area schools, students and underserved communities: Shakespeare in Shades; CBT Acting Camp; Family Feast Program; Faith, Hope, Love Program.
Ensure that curricular requirements include significant intercultural perspectives.
- Encourage the use of plays and literature from diverse cultural perspectives in class activities and project work.
- Encourage that all classes are assigned to see all productions in the Clarence Brown Theatre season, including productions that address issues of diversity and inclusion
- Encourage participation in international travel and study abroad opportunities
Prepare graduate students to become teachers and researchers in a diverse world.
- Students work with multi-cultural and international professionals both abroad and on campus.
- Offer teaching opportunities in the undergraduate program.
- Assign a faculty supervisor for every class taught by a graduate teaching assistant.