About Theatre & Dance
UPDATED 08/29/2020 –
To our BIPOC Alumni, Students, Collaborators, and Community:
We hear you, and we see you. The Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State recognizes your trauma and pain. We are contributors to your suffering through white supremacy, departmental and systemic racism, and silence. We deeply apologize. We recognize and acknowledge that the extended silence and inaction are acts of violence.
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter until humanity is available for all. We condemn police brutality and the ongoing trauma enacted on Black people. We condemn the state sanctioned violence and inaction around the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Elijah McClain, Micheal Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Stephon Clark, Tony McDade, and most recently Jacob Blake and the many names missing from this list.
We are committed to lifelong learning and growth. We take seriously your concerns and suggestions, and ask that you hold us accountable for real progress and action. We are actively transforming our department to reflect this statement. The Department of Theatre and Dance will take ongoing actions including, but not limited to:
- Creating a webpage with an itemized list of Antiracist measures for our department.
- Providing updates to our community regarding diversifying our curricula and performance opportunities.
- Working with our BIPOC faculty, staff, students and alumni for input and feedback.
- Engaging in Antiracism trainings/workshops and webinars.
We recognize that it is not enough to acknowledge racism. It is not enough to condemn racism. We must make a conscious and continuous choice to be Antiracist. We have much work to do.