Friday, 05 March 2021
After extensive consultation, the WAAPA Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Working Party, led by Dr Frances Barbe and comprised of WAAPA students, guest alumni and staff, have developed a Statement on Anti-Racism.
WAAPA at Edith Cowan University has chosen to publish this statement committing to Anti-Racism as a first step in dismantling the systems that discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Black peoples and People of Colour. We reflect on the importance of our role, at the start of a practitioners’ journey in training, in setting the standard for the behaviours and conduct expected in industry. The staff at WAAPA accept the important leadership role we can play in empowering young practitioners and that we must lead by example.
The statement which has been issued by the WAAPA Executive states that the faculty, staff and students at WAAPA, “understand that excellence cannot be achieved without equity and that the arts have an important role to play in provoking thought and action in ways that lead to a better society.”
On publication of the statement, Executive Dean, Professor David Shirley said, “I would like to thank all of the students, staff and guest alumni who contributed to this consultation process. Their feedback has been invaluable. I look forward to working with all stakeholders towards a more inclusive WAAPA, as part of a more equitable performing arts industry, both here in Australia and internationally.”