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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Based on Concordia’s Code of Rights and Responsibilities our mandate as a committee is to mediate and advocate for students in our department regarding issues of conflict in the Department, including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and age.


The Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity is formed of faculty and students. Our mandate is as follows:

  • To provide the Department with learning opportunities: to open conversations about issues of conflict with students, faculty, staff.
  • To provide members of the Department and others with opportunities to better develop strategies for personal and systemic change.

  • To consider and recommend possible solutions pertaining to conflict in our Department, in our curriculum, in our productions, and in the profession of theatre more generally.

  • To consider and recommend possible solutions towards equity in the Department, in classrooms and on productions.

  • To consider and recommend possible solutions to situations where issues related to gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, and age conflict are encountered in classrooms, in productions, and in relations with other students and with faculty.

  • To provide forum opportunities as needed for consultation where both students and faculty can bring forward concerns about inequities.

  • To consider grievances and make recommendations on a case-by-case basis.

  • To build a resource base for academics and practitioners who wish to incorporate values and ethics of diversity and pluralism in their work.

Committee members

Committee members include Faculty and Student delegates, who serve for year-long terms. The committee for the 2022-2023 academic year is:

·         Associate Professor Jessica Carmichael, Committee Chair

·         Assistant Professor Moe Beitiks, Full Time Faculty Representative

·         Liz Valdez, Part Time Faculty Representative

·         Banafsheh Hassani, Student Representative

·         Khushi Chavda, Student Representative

·         Ian Mccormack, Student Representative

Resolution Guide

The Committee has prepared a guide to help students resolve issues related to the Committee’s mandate. You can download the guide or find it in performance and design studios, the Department office, or the C.A.S.T. office.

For any of the steps outlined in the guide, we recommend if further clarity is needed, that you speak  to the student representatives on the Equity and Diversity Committee.  If during approaching Steps  1-5 there is any discomfort speaking on your own to the said issue, we encourage you to invite either the Student Representatives of our committee or  the  Chair of the Equity and  Diversity Committee, an Area Coordinator or an officer from the Ombuds or the Office of Rights and  Responsibility to accompany you in the process.

Students with questions related to the committee or the guide may contact the committee chair at: or any other member of the committee via their Concordia emails. 

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