DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION POLICY - STATEMENT
M. H. Garia defined the term Multicultural Diversity Competence
as referring to the ability to demonstrate respect and understanding,
to communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with people
from different cultural backgrounds. (Garcia, M.H.: 1995.
An anthropological approach to multicultural diversity training.
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Vol. 31, No. 4, pp 490-504.)
It is this description that is Saskatchewan Drama Associations
concept for the Association regarding inclusion and diversity.
It is the policy of the Saskatchewan Drama Association to retain
a leadership role within Saskatchewans cultural and educational
community by continually building on its progress and expanding
its efforts to reach out and include those who come from all segments
of the population. Saskatchewan Drama Association aspires to maintain
the relevance of inclusion and diversity by modeling and championing
inclusion and diversity throughout the Association. SDA is committed
to taking positive action by making a special effort to be inclusive.
Saskatchewan Drama Associations work and support reaches lands
covered by Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10, the traditional lands
of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Nakota and Saulteaux peoples,
as well as homeland of the Métis/Michif.
Saskatchewan Drama Association endeavours to reflect and promote
our diverse society in order to effectively engage our youth and
adult communities, and at the same time provide equal access to
opportunities. It is only through such a commitment that the SDA
can address societal issues and effectively influence and reflect
Saskatchewans diverse communities.
Saskatchewan Drama Association continually provides challenging
educational and personal experiences, that provide growth and learning
in drama and theatre education. SDA values and integrates the perspectives
of diverse identities, cultures, styles, and groups. SDA actively
works to continually identify inclusion and diversity through the
examination of its current practices and by removing any barriers
Saskatchewan Drama Association strives to create learning and working
environments in which all are included, welcomed and respected.
Our continuing commitment to diversity and inclusion means recognizing
and celebrating varying experiences, beliefs and customs to immerse
them into SDAs Mission and Values and are reflected in its
policies, systems, and structures.