Dear PAD Community,
In the past few days, while watching protests and the state response across the country, I have been thinking of our department community, and especially of our students. The awful images and accounts of unjustified, lethal violence against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black Americans are profoundly upsetting. They remind us of patterns of injustice that have vexed our region, and impacted people who are dear to us. My heart goes out, in particular, to our students, faculty, staff, and recent graduates of color, for whom this latest episode of anti-black violence must be acutely felt.
The Performing Arts Department will re-commit itself to promoting a welcoming and supportive place to students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds, identities, and orientations. We will press forward with our own internal work on equity, diversity, and inclusion. We must make our classrooms and performance venues into sites of ethical collaboration, communication, and creation, in order to show that a better world is possible.
Chair, Performing Arts Department