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

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

  • Add a pledge to follow outlined classroom best practices for inclusive teaching (see “Teaching Best Practices” for suggestions and adapt for what feels right in your program)


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


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 


Hiring Practices

  • Make inclusion a constant priority: diverse student bodies want to see themselves reflected in their educators and choreographers who are being hired 

  • Make all adjuncts and guest teachers aware of your policies on inclusion, consent, open communication, gender affirmation, and racial equity 

    • One way of doing this is simply to have them sign the handbook your staff and students sign as part of their contract 


Resource Accessibility

  • Ensure students are aware of outside resources available to them 

    • For example: university health services or outside support groups



  • 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 their costuming 


Other recommendations:

  • Look into intimacy directors, and consider bringing them into the rehearsal process at your school

  • Hold workshops for faculty to learn from experts/scholars on topics like consent training, working towards racial equity, and gender affirmation  

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