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Equity and Diversity

Welcome to the
EDII Committee of the Dan School of Drama and Music

Mission and Vision

The EDII Committee of the DAN School of Drama and Music will lead the DAN School towards diversifying its community and curriculum to become an inclusive and equitable place for students, faculty, and staff to work. It is undeniable that systemic injustices including racism, sexism, and colonialism, have afflicted our culture, have also been manifest in the performing arts. It is likewise undeniable that Drama and Music, as they have been taught and practiced at Queen’s University, have been complicit in the replication of many of these injustices, including prioritizing Western-European traditions at the expense of Indigenous and other cultural art forms. We in the DAN School are actively working to correct such past practices by prioritizing the rich creative work of scholars who identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour (IBPOC), hiring more IBPOC faculty, and creating a school where all students can thrive. To this end, the Committee pledges to be an agent of positive change by rectifying any examples of injustice that occur within the DAN School. We want to see a DAN School that is a decolonized and anti-racist place for music and theatre creation, research, performance, and education.  

REPORTING A CONCERN: Any student who has questions or concerns regarding equity, diversity, inclusivity, or has experience harassment in the DAN School is invited to contact us here. Your privacy and confidentiality will be protected to the extent possible. Please also see our list of student resources at the bottom of this page. 

Meet the DAN School EDII Committee

The need to address the systemic imbalances and injustices that exist in all areas of society is urgent - and Queen’s University is no exception. I am happy to be a part of the necessary evolution of the Dan School in becoming an institution that promotes, embraces and engages in fully inclusive practices at every level.
A member of Dan School of Drama & Music
Quincy Armorer
Assistant Professor
My primary concern is to ensure that the DAN School is a place where people of any race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality will find a congenial atmosphere in which to work and create. There are obviously many factors that contribute to such an atmosphere. For example, diversity of faculty, of students, and of curriculum all have a major influence, and making progress in each of those areas is never far from my mind. But something that is not always as readily mentioned is how helpful it is for us to maintain an emphasis on creation of new works. Naturally, the traditional repertoires of drama and music remain important, but it is also important to make room for students and faculty to involve themselves in new creations, because new works provide an opportunity to alter the repertoire and move away from simply replicating the old traditional canons. Welcoming new creations inevitably means welcoming new kinds of people, and it is when new work is in dialogue with traditional work that we develop the richest and most complex understanding of who “we” are. And I think maintaining such openness will make us a better School.
A member of Dan School of Drama & Music
Craig Walker
Professor and Director of the DAN School
I recognize that systemic barriers and injustices have prevented women, people from the LGBTQ2s+ community, people who are differently abled, first-generation scholars, people who are Indigenous, Black, Asian, Southeast Asian, Latinx as well as those from other race, cultural or creed backgrounds from feeling safe, welcome, heard or valued. I am encouraged and inspired by the dedicated students, staff, and faculty who are working hard to identify and dismantle the many power imbalances, injustices, and systemic barriers that have allowed these acts of discrimination to persist. I am committed to being part of this much-needed change, and I look forward to teaching, creating, and researching in a more diverse and vibrant community as barriers are dismantled and injustices are rectified.
A member of Dan School of Drama & Music
Julia Brook
Professor
As a person of mixed-race and mixed-cultural heritage, I dedicate my artistic process and my scholarly work to celebrating Afro-Caribbean culture and resilience. I am eager to help transform the Dan School into a place where all our stories and voices matter.
A member of Dan School of Drama & Music
Sarah Waisvisz
Professor
As a mixed-race student at the DAN School, I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the change that needs to be made here and I am both determined and excited to be a part of creating that change. I am eager to help build a DAN School for current and future students that is even better than the one I am a part of today.
Tanisha Bates
Student
Being born in Kingston, Ontario, and as an alumni of the drama program at Queen’s, being an agent of equity and inclusivity in the Dan School of Music as well as the greater cultural landscape of Canada heartens me. I will engage thoughtfully to hear the voices of students and faculty to help provide insight, and tangible solutions towards systemic change. Onwards and upwards.
Trina Skanthavarathan
DAN School Alumna
I recognize that Queen’s, the Dan School and I myself require deep change to address past wrongs on institutional and personal levels. I will act within this committee and apart from it, to continually reassess how I “work and play” on these territories of the Anishenaabe, Haudenosaunee and Mississauga and learn better ways to be a member of this university, to assist in making meaningful changes in the departments and programs I am part of, and to revise my own teaching and learning practices.
Matt Rogalsky
Professor

Questions or Comments?

If you have comments or questions for the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, please contact the committee using the feedback form found here.

*Your privacy and confidentiality will be protected to the extent possible.

Supports for Students

Student Wellness: https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/ [request racialized counselling from Dr. Khanna or Mr. Adams.]

counselling.services@queensu.ca 

Four Directions: lmd9@queensu.ca (Lisa Doxtator provides counselling services there) 

Learning Skills: http://sass.queensu.ca/onlineresource/topics/ 

Assistant Dean of EDII for Faculty of Arts and Science: Dr. Anita Jack-Davies

About Dr. Jack-Davies

24/7 supports include the following: Empower Me, the self-directed tool Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), and for students living outside of Canada, International SOS. 

Health and Dental Plan Benefits Package: https://myams.org/home/ams-student-information/health-and-dental/ 

Celebrating IBPOC Voices

There's so much to discover!
Explore IBPOC Voices in the Arts in Canada here, from orchestras to festivals to networks and companies

Anti-Harassment Policy

The Dan School of Drama and Music is committed to developing and maintaining an inclusive and respectful workplace and community that support students, staff and faculty in all spaces including the classroom, office, rehearsal and performance spaces.

We will not tolerate conduct that is meant to undermine the dignity or self-esteem of an individual, or which creates A hostile environment.
Harassment may be obvious but more frequently takes the form of subtle actions. Remember that by looking out for each other, we can tackle uncomfortable situations when they arise.

Students and faculty must speak up against harassment and stand together in addressing problems when they arise.

Together we will make our production workspaces and classrooms respectful spaces.

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