Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Roadmap
The EDI Roadmap is a comprehensive, strategic, and practical plan for how Arizona Arts will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. The roadmap is the result of a collaborative process. All units in Arizona Arts are involved at each step along the journey, from introspection and information-gathering to analyzing and evaluating existing efforts to defining new goals and outcomes for the future.
The AVP for Equity in the Arts provides leadership and coordination for all roadmap-related activities and ensures progress reports are transparently communicated to stakeholders and members of the Arizona Arts community.
A reflective inventory is one of several tools used in Phase 1. It assists groups and organizations in cataloging existing programs, goals, and activities. It helps foster critical conversations about equity, diversity, and inclusion. Staff and faculty in each unit are invited to participate in completing the Arizona Arts reflective inventory.
Data Dialogues is an opportunity for staff and faculty to view and discuss recent demographic snapshots that show the social diversity within the College of Fine Arts student body and Arizona Arts workforce. Each dialogue session offers an interactive introduction to a different data set. By looking at race/ethnicity, sex, and socioeconomic indicators, attendees will discuss how data can help us understand who we are, how people find belonging and success, and how better to serve our core mission of educating students and benefiting the public.
Facilitated by Dr. Matt Williams, assistant professor in the School of Music, Data Dialogues is a professional learning opportunity for Arizona Arts employees. The series is part of the collaborative EDI Roadmap planning process. Sessions are offered online. Space is limited, so secure your spot today.
Friday, October 7 | 9:30 – 10:45 AM MST
Part I: What’s race got to do with it? An Arizona Arts conversation on race/ethnicity demographics
Friday, October 21 | 9:30 – 10:45 AM MST
Part II: Let’s talk about sex! An Arizona Arts conversation on sex/gender demographics
Friday, October 28 | 9:30 – 10:45 AM MST
Part III: All walks of life: An Arizona Arts conversation on socioeconomic demographics
Inclusive Climate Survey
Demographic snapshots show the make-up of a population, but they don’t tell us whether people feel safe, valued, and supported, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or ability. A climate survey measures students, faculty, and staff’s perceptions of the overall environment for diversity. Arizona Arts will conduct an inclusive climate survey in spring 2023. Developed with input from D&I Committee members, the survey will help us understand attitudes, practices, and systems that facilitate or impede equity and inclusion, and ultimately impact recruitment, retention, and success.
As a complement to the climate assessment, we will conduct focus groups with students, alumni, faculty, and staff within Arizona Arts. These small-group conversations, which will take place in fall 2022, provide in-depth context to better understand the experiences of different populations and opportunities to improve the environment for diversity.