​Department of Theatre & Dance | Advocacy, Allyship & Access



Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a writer, performance artist and creative change agent, applying the creative process to facilitate dialogues around human and social wellness. She is the author of two novels, three poetry collections, four spoken word albums and one collection of personal vignettes. She has taught at colleges, conferences and classrooms and curated fellowships for emerging leaders. An Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy, Dasha has facilitated community building initiatives in Botswana, Toronto, Mauritius and Beirut. Her touring production, Makin' Cake, uniquely engages communities in a forward dialogue on race, class and equity. Dasha is a national Rubinger Fellow and a National Laureate Fellow with the American Academy of Poets. She is concurrently, Poet Laureate for the City of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.


The Department of Theatre and Dance at UWSP is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive, and accessible educational environment for all of our students. Our Advocacy, Allyship and Access Committee has created a five-year Action Plan devoted to reviewing and renewing this commitment in the areas of Artistic Inclusion, Community Outreach, Student Concerns, Curriculum, and Faculty Recruitment and Development.  We meet bi-weekly to work towards initiatives within our plan, including: grant funding proposals for Black, indigenous, and otherwise underrepresented guest artists and faculty; a first-year student seminar in cultural competency; and review of our season planning, curriculum, and casting practices. Please feel free to contact either Lisa Golda, Committee Chair, or Michael Estanich, Department Chair, with any questions you may have about the educational climate in our Department.

Please click on the buttons above to view a schedule for our upcoming departmental events and plans for individual learning to begin the process of acknowledging and remediating implicit bias and racism.


Click on the buttons below to read our Five-Year anti-racist action plan focused on Faculty Development and Recruitment; Artistic Inclusion; Curriculum; Student Concerns; and Community Outreach; read a list of actions we have already taken this year; and to read our response to We See You White American Theatre.




COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Michael Estanich
Theatre & Dance Department Chair
mestanic@uwsp.edu

Lisa Sanderson (Golda)
AAA Committee Chair
lgolda@uwsp.edu

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You can also click here to go to the Diversity and College Access site link for reporting inequitable campus practices.