Department Diversity Statement
The Department of Theatre and Film strongly endorses a policy of individual and collective respect for each member of our diverse community. Theatre and the mediated arts of film and video represent a fundamental form of human expression present in all known human cultures. Thus, they transcend boundaries of gender, sexuality, politics, nationality, geography, culture, and historical epoch. We strive to communicate and to understand; indeed, successful work in our field requires empathy without judgment.
As a discipline, we have battled censorship for more than 2,000 years, and as a department, we seek to ensure all groups and individuals the right to speak within an arena of civility and mutual respect. Our department strives to provide a safe and supportive educational environment that both nurtures all components of human experience and functions as a crucible for creative expression.