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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access at EdTA

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Because People Matter.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access are integral to upholding this EdTA core value. We want everyone involved with EdTA — from students and teachers to volunteers and event attendees — to feel important and respected by our organization and our Thespians. Learn how we’re actively striving to make theatre education more equitable and inclusive.

We Believe...

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of theatre teachers are Black, Latinx, or non-white races

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of public high schools in high-poverty areas offer theatre instruction

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fewer fine arts credits earned by Black students (1.5) than white students (2.0)

Our Goal

For theatre education to reflect the diversity of the population — the teachers who teach, the students who participate, the stories we tell.

Our Actions

As part of our three-year diversity, equity, and inclusion action plan, EdTA is focusing on racial equity to address the ongoing underrepresentation of people of color across the field and EdTA.

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Our Progress

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Promoting Inclusion by Expanding Access

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This foundation program creates sustainable theatre programs in middle schools where there previously were none.
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Now in a pilot phase, Pathway aims to build racial equity through school theatre – by funding productions encouraging racial dialogue at schools in low-income communities of color.

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Creating Inclusive Experiences

At our events, EdTA strives to create a welcoming and equitable environment for all, from housing assignments to physical accessibility to racial representation. Our events aim to offer brave spaces, promote inclusion, build cultural competency, and broaden attendees’ horizons. We want every student and teacher to feel at home, while challenging our community to always strive to do more and do better toward access and inclusion.

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Join Our Journey

Our commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization is an ongoing journey involving our staff, board of directors, members, and friends in the theatre and education fields. If you would like to get involved and help make a difference — through involvement in an initiative or simply sharing your experiences from a DEI perspective — please contact us.

Our Workplace and Culture

We want EdTA to be a reflection of the world around us. While we have much work to do, we’re committed to actively building diversity within our staff and board leadership. How we’re creating a culture of inclusion and equity in the workplace:

  • Holding one another accountable for allyship as part of our core values
  • Providing tools and training to support employee development
  • Creating brave spaces for employees to learn and grow in their DEI journeys
  • Examining all our member programs and processes for bias and inequity
  • Establishing an internship training program specifically for college students of color
  • Shifting our hiring practices to eliminate bias
  • Creating a new anti-racist action plan that defines concrete steps and outcomes in support of our DEIA goals

Operational Policies

EdTA complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and all other related federal, state, and local employment laws. EdTA does not discriminate based on age, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation in regard to any term, condition, employment, program, event, or service.

No one participating in an EdTA event or activity may be harassed or discriminated against based on any protected characters. Individuals found in violation of this policy may be dismissed from activities or other participation.

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