Earthdance has been working to advance it's commitment to Anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The organization seeks to promote these efforts within the context of our existing programming and operations, while also creating new opportunities to welcome diversity into our organization. Earthdance is taking action in 3 particular aspects:
Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within our programs and activities. This includes having dedicated DEI facilitators who attend and support Earthdance’s seasonal contact jams, offering People of Color only programming as well as intersectional social and racial justice trainings during seasonal contact jams, developing an Earthance statement of commitment to DEI efforts to be signed by event participants, and developing scholarship funds to support people from marginalized communities who might not be able to attend our events without fiscal and cultural support.
Developing broader DEI awareness in the larger community around Earthdance. This includes offering some DEI specific programming, such as the new Social Change Sundays series, applying for grants to support this programming, and serving as a fiscal agent for the Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Project. As well as fiscally supporting a week long residency for women and girls of color, by inviting Rooted Essence, a dance company directed by Moriah Evans, located in Springfield, to be on site this July creating new choreography.
- 3. Building Earthdance’s internal DEI infrastructure. This includes the creation of a specific Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund for which we seek to secure funding, as well as a functioning Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to provide guidance and advice. We are providing trainings for staff, board, and community; bringing a DEI lens to the hiring process; and focusing upon recruitment of a more diverse set of board members.
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Anti-racism articles and video links:
- Deconstructing White Privilege - Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
- White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race - Jay Smooth