Within the academy, just as in the surrounding world and the professional field, diversity and inclusion is a recurring and interesting topic.
Inclusion and the pursuit of diversity are central to all study programmes; it is a focus that leads to discussions, changes in curricula, experiments and investments in the programmes.
In 2018, the Diversity and Inclusion Platform was established within the ATD and renamed Platform 2025 in 2021, which is responsible for developing policy and developing and implementing the various initiatives to achieve a consistent approach.
If the professional field and the academy wants to better represent our diverse society, we must change and create an environment in which new stories and repertoire, alternative codes and visions, and alternative forms of movement and reflection are welcome and are included from a mutual recognition and connection.
We are aware that not everyone feels that the ATD is a safe haven. Making the school more inclusive involves much more than just inviting students from non-Western backgrounds to audition. An example of activities in this area is the ATD staff training that focuses on unconscious bias, on what diversity and inclusion really means.
If the ATD is to truly change its learning environment and provide inclusive education in an inclusive environment, today's staff and students must explore who they are as individuals and as an organization. What role do they play in preserving the existing system? How could they change the system and what would be the consequences of those changes?
A common point from which we start is the value we attach to the performing arts and the significance of the arts for the world in which we live.