School of Theatre and Dance Diversity Statement

The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University believes that equity, access and inclusion are moral imperatives and artistic obligations.  Diversity—in the stories we represent, the students we serve, and the audiences we engage—is vital for the health and relevance of contemporary performing arts practice. The School of Theatre and Dance, therefore, welcomes diversity of perspective, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability.


Anti-racism Resources and Materials

This list is curated by the JMU School of Theatre and Dance. While not an exhaustive list, it aims to provide resources to STAD students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our larger community. Suggestions for additional resources can be submitted here for review. 

Black Lives Matter: 
Collated Anti-Racism Education Resource Lists: 
Books on Racism: 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum 

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Books on Anti-Racist Teaching: 
Articles/Tools Specific to Teaching Race and Anti-Racist Practice in the Classroom:
Articles/Tools Specific to Theatre and Dance: 
COVID-19 Information

JMU and the School of Theatre and Dance are open with limited staffing.  Please contact Acting School Director, Kate Arecchi at or 540-568-6009 with any questions or concerns. 

For more information, please visit the JMU COVID-19 Response Webpage. 


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