The School of Theatre and Dance is working with national consultant Michael Bobbitt on our anti-racism action plan which is close to completion and will be posted here shortly.

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, race, 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
Anti-Racism in the Performing Arts
Anti-Racism in the Classroom
Whiteness Studies

Becoming and Unbecoming White: Owning and Disowning a Racial Identity (Critical Studies in Education & Culture) by Christine Clark and James O'Donnell

Black On White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White by David Roediger

Learning to Be White: Money, Race and God in America New edition by Thandeka

The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class by David Roediger

White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism 1st Edition by Ashley W. Doane (Editor), Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Editor)

White Women, Race matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg

White by Richard Dyer

Whiteness Visible: The Meaning of Whiteness by Valerie M. Babb

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It Second Edition Second Edition by Shelly Tochluck

*While White Fragility appears on many booklists, after careful consideration STAD decided to remove this foundational text in light of recent articles surrounding its use in relation to Black Lives Matter. Please read more about this choice by looking at: 
The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility
White fragility is real. But ‘White Fragility’ is flawed.
The limits of White Fragility's anti-racism.
Confronting DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility’ in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter


"Critical Whiteness Studies" by Barbra Applebaum

"The Social Construction of Whiteness: Racism by Intent, Racism by Consequence" by Teresa Guess

"What is Whiteness?" by Nell Irvin Painter

"Whiteness as property. Harvard Law Review" by Cheryl I. Harris

"Representations of Whiteness in the Black Imagination" by Bell Hooks

The Sugarcoated Language of White Fragility

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

"On Being White: Thinking toward a Feminist Understanding of Race and Race Supremacy" by Marilyn Frye


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