Equity, diversity, and inclusion
The Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is formed of faculty and students. Based on the Concordia’s Code of Rights and Responsibilities our mandate as a committee is to mediate and advocate for student’s in our department regarding issues of conflict in the Department, including, but not limited to, race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and age.
The Committee’s mandate is as follows:
- To ensure that students and faculty are made aware to inequities within the Department and in the larger theatrical community, and have made conversation available to find steps to solve said issues.
- 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 diversity 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 for female students 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 are encountered in classrooms, in productions, and in relations with other students and with faculty.
- To provide a 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 include Faculty and Student delegates, who serve for year-long terms. The committee for the 2020-2021 academic year is:
- Assistant Professor Jessica Carmichael, Committee Chair
- Senior Lecturer, Raymond Marius Boucher
- Part Time Faculty Representative, Rachael Van Fossen
- Student Representative, Quinlan Green
- Student Representative, Ofile Gasaspe
- Student Representative, Jonathan Stern
The Committee has prepared a guide to help students resolve issues related to the Committee’s mandate. You can download the guide here 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 Rights and Responsibility Office to accompany you in the process.
Students with questions related to the committee or the guide may contact the committee by emailing email@example.com.