It is central to the mission of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Mississippi that we create an inclusive and supportive environment both on and off stage. The university definitions of equity, diversity, and inclusion are as follows:
Equity is directly addressing the social, institutional, organizational and systemic barriers that prevent members of marginalized groups from thriving in our community.
Diversity is an affirmation of the intersecting individual, social and organizational identities that make our community vibrant and transformational.
Inclusion is actively and intentionally creating a welcoming campus where all individuals feel they have a supportive and affirming space to learn, grow and engage.
Developing equity, diversity, and inclusion within our own organization requires us to acknowledge that social, institutional, organizational and systemic barriers prevent members of marginalized groups from thriving in our community. We are committed to educating our entire community—faculty, staff, students, and audiences (both on and off campus)—about how to uphold these principles. Furthermore, these values shall be practiced within all aspects of the organization and continually reexamined.
We acknowledge that historical, social, and systemic barriers exclude groups of people from both creating and participating in theatre and film.
We acknowledge that creating truly inclusive, welcoming, and supportive places of learning and work requires ongoing labor to understand how language, physical spaces, and social, historical, institutional, and cultural systems impact members of our community.
We acknowledge that the Department of Theatre & Film has a responsibility to create anti-racist and anti-hate work and spaces.
University of Mississippi Office of Diversity and Community Engagement
University of Mississippi Pathways to Equity
College of Liberal Arts Equity-in-Action Plan
Institutions of Higher Learning Plan of Diversity