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Our generation is not willing to wait for change. Perceptions of gender are changing quickly: is your school ready?

1. Do a handbook audit, amending any gender-exclusive language  

  • Include a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pledge in your handbook/syllabi that are required to be signed annually by staff and students, and the administration

  • Pledge to follow best practices for inclusive teaching (see checklist)


2. Create an anonymous feedback protocol

  • All students should know how to report concerns

  • Encourage dissent and discussion

  • Publish the reporting protocols in the school handbook and make them visible on the website and in the studio


3. Teacher Evaluations 

  • In addition to anonymous feedback, collect course evaluations from students bi-yearly or yearly to ensure classroom concerns are being addressed and teachers are held accountable using oversight provisions 


4. Hiring Practices

  • Make inclusion a constant priority: diverse student bodies want to see themselves reflected in their educators


5. Resource Accessibility

  • Ensure students are aware of outside resources available to them


6. Costuming

  • Inclusive costuming requires accounting for race, religion, size, and gender expression 

  • For example, provide a wide variety of skin tone options and sizes in tights and undergarments 

  • Ask students if they are comfortable in there costuming 

7. Consent Training

  • Provide consent training to students and faculty 

8. Disability Accommodations

When you design for accessibility, it often helps the experience for everybody

  • Ask yourself if you consider disability status?

  • There are many types of disabilities: Chronic, physical, mental, invisible, or temporary illnesses

  • How do you handle student reporting or disclosure of disabilities?

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