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Diversity Plan

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.