Within the academy, as in our surrounding world and the field, diversity and inclusion is a recurring and important topic.
Within all programs, inclusion and the pursuit of diversity is central; it is a focus that leads to discussions, changes in curricula, experiments and investments in the programs. In 2018, the diversity and inclusion platform was established within the ATD, which was renamed Platform 2025 in 2021. Platform 2025 is a diversity network that works with faculty, students and staff to create projects that promote the transition to a more diverse and inclusive academy. Where appropriate, the platform collaborates on policy development.
For the field and academy to better represent our diverse society, we must change and create an environment where new stories and repertoire, alternative codes and visions, and alternative forms of movement and reflection are welcome and incorporated out of mutual recognition and connection.
We are aware that not everyone feels that the ATD is a safe haven. Making the school more inclusive includes much more than simply inviting students from non-Western backgrounds to audition. An example of activities in this area are the ATD staff trainings that focus on unconscious bias, on what diversity and inclusion really means.
If the ATD truly wants to change its learning environment and provide inclusive education in an inclusive environment, current staff and students must examine who they are as individuals and as an organization. What role do they play in maintaining the existing system? In what ways could they change the system and what would be the consequences of those changes? A common point of departure is the value we place on the performing arts and the significance of the arts to the world in which we live.