Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Loyola University Chicago Theatre Program values fair and equitable educational opportunities for all students, thoughtful action to dismantle oppression, and the holistic pursuit of social justice. We value education systems and artistry that reflect and represent a genuinely diverse array of communities, identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We value transparency, accountability, and intentionally facilitated dialogue among students, staff, and faculty. We value the active, ongoing examination of how power and privilege shape our shared environment as well as the broader world. We value the ability to express questions and concerns related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice without fear of adverse consequences. We value the opinions of all students, faculty, and staff and strive to create an environment that includes room for thoughtful discussion and the practice of compassion and inclusion.
We oppose all forms of discrimination and oppression, including but not limited to those related to race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, language, religious affiliation, political affiliation, ability, health status, age, physicality, birthplace, citizenship status, etc., and we pledge to demonstrate these values through concrete ongoing action in the areas of:
- Curriculum, classroom, and studio teaching– We strive to provide an educational experience that is inclusive of diverse voices, points of view, and opinions. We seek to offer curriculum that is reflective of the global community.
- Season selection and production process– We seek to select productions that are reflective of the Loyola community as well as local and global communities. We strive to program a range of works that challenge our students as artists and scholars and that feature a diverse array of voices (including those from groups historically underrepresented at Loyola and in the theatre world beyond the university). In an effort to engage the university community in all its diversity, we also seek to communicate about auditions and other theatrical opportunities with not only students who are registered theatre majors and minors but also with other members of the student body.
- Advising and mentorship – We value ongoing student mentorship and advising and seek to support student growth through thoughtful guidance. We encourage students and faculty to engage in artistic pursuits that support our core values.
- Collaboration with other organizations and departments, both external and internal to the university – We actively seek opportunities for students and faculty to engage in local, national, and international partnerships, and we aim to support those partnerships however we can.
- Public event programming – We seek to develop public event programming that is a service to our student body and the larger community. We value creating learning opportunities for all stakeholders within the University and strive to be a department that supports the voices of the many rather than the few.
- Recruitment and retention of students, staff, and faculty – We recognize that as a department we better serve our students, faculty, and the community if our department is diverse and reflective of the global community. We seek to ensure this diversity through targeted recruitment and creating an environment in which students and faculty all feel like their voices are valued, respected, and supported.
Finally, we recognize that an ethical commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is never a finished process, but instead a commitment that must be renewed through ongoing education, rigorous reflection, and collaboration with a range of organizations, departments, and other external entities. We are committed to addressing any situations that may arise that do not align with our shared values in these areas; to that end, we strive to ensure that all members of our community have an accessible path for raising concerns and a concrete process for follow-up attention to those concerns.