CFPA Diversity Equity Inclusion Taskforce Mission Statement
This Mission Statement is a changing and growing document. As the CFPA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force learns best practices with work in Social Justice and Equity, this Mission Statement will change, especially as we grow and learn.
The College of Fine and Performing Arts seeks to abolish past values and practices rooted in systemic oppression and racism. We recognize the damage and harm these systems have inflicted on our students, staff, faculty, and broader community, and we embark on an unending journey to examine and change these values and practices. To ensure ongoing sustainability, the Institution must first perform a rigorous self-evaluation to identify any practices, structures, or individual behaviors that enable racism, sexism, cultural, civil, or social inequity. Part of the process of this evaluation is the creation of a cohort of students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated in good faith to help guide the CFPA during this time of rebuilding.
The Task Force has been entrusted by the Dean to help find a roadmap to permanently implement a cohesive set of actions to support a culture of inclusion. This cohort is committed to:
- Identifying patterns of racism, sexism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, classism, ableism, nativism, ageism, religious, body type and other forms of discrimination and oppression that negatively affect the CFPA community
- Developing and/or identifying programs that help educate our community in DEI issues to further a transformed culture of support, acceptance, and celebration that serves a diverse student body in achieving their educational and life goals
- Listening to and caring for those affected by inequity, providing a platform of trust, action, and empowerment
- Helping the CFPA community transform systems dominated by voices of white supremacy, in favor of meaningful approaches that include, amplify, and celebrate a range of perspectives representative of our broader community, nation, and world
- Researching and supporting actions that can be taken to empower the faculty, staff, and students to help administrators work with the United Faculty of Western Washington (UFWW), Public School Employees (PSE), Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), and Professional Staff Organization PSO), and the student body to support a transformative culture that can be enforced by the Administration of the CFPA
The CFPA respects all communities with which we work and strive for ongoing reflection. Our collective educational endeavor is grounded in openness, experimentation, critical engagement, and creative freedom. We understand that many people associated with our college have been marginalized in the past by our complicit actions within a system built on oppression. The college understands this now; it is time to do better.
- UC Davis School of Medicine Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Vision and Mission Action Statement
- Arts Connection Mission, DEI Values, and Action Statement
- Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance
- Doug Borwick on DEI Statements via ArtsJournal
- Parker Arts DEI Statement
- Caprice Hollins and Ilsa Govan, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
- Society for Creative Anachronisms DEI Mission and Vision
- CalArts Institute IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access) Cooperative