July 21, 2020

A Statement from the BIPOC Artists for Awareness and Our Response

On Saturday, July 18, 2020, the members of BIPOC Artists for Awareness (Instagram/Facebook) delivered a statement to the Department of Theatre. This statement was posted on social media and emailed to our faculty and staff; it was also distributed to University leadership and the Board of Trustees. In the interest of accountability and transparency we are including the statement from the BIPOC Artists for Awareness here, with permission, along with our departmental response. By doing this we hope to demonstrate our commitment to amplifying BIPOC stories, perspectives, and histories as presented in their own words.


 pdfBIPOC Artists for Awareness Statement


pdfResponse from the Department of Theatre


We are still hard at work educating ourselves and developing a comprehensive departmental response designed to prioritize measurable change and emphasize our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to the work of anti-racism as an ongoing process. We are identifying and responding to manifestations of structural racial inequality and implicit bias, both in our department and in the culture/industry of academic and professional theatre. Throughout this process we will provide regular and transparent communication about our progress as we create policies and initiatives consistent with our core values and goals.


Learn more about the University of Utah's resources and support organizations for BIPOC students, staff, and faculty: