Commitment to Diversity
The School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is committed to ongoing engagement highlighting the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC); this inclusion is embedded in our classrooms and scholarly work. We encourage our students to seek out coursework and research that informs their understanding of the issues facing our country that allows them to become not only global citizens, but also empowers them to bring authentic experiences to their future academic endeavors.
We encourage open, respectful dialogue that engages a variety of voices. We create educational spaces that center on diversity which include race, class, ethnicity, religion, ability, gender identity, sexuality, and other categories of belonging. Diversity in the classroom involves more than where we were born and political viewpoints. It also includes how we think, learn, and communicate.
CMTA acknowledges that the land we are occupying at Eastern Michigan University is the original homeland of the Odawa, Ojibwe, Potowatomi, and Wyandot tribal nations. We recognize the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, territories from where we are each joining, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land.