EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND DIVERSITY EAG is committed to improving on issues for all marginalized communities. Here are the steps we are taking:
Reducing barriers to access: Members help shape our organization.EAG would like our membership base to better reflect the community that we serve. In the event that the annual dues have been a financial barrier preventing people from joining, we are, during the month of July in 2020, offering free one-year memberships to anyone who wants one. And, going forward, all clients will be offered a free one-year membership when they come in seeking assistance.
Increasing diversity in leadership: EAG's governing Council oversees our organization and helps to guide us towards a sustainable and ethical future. We need more BIPOC voices in leadership positions. We have issued a statement to our Nominating Committee that in EAG's upcoming elections recruiting a diverse Council is our number-one priority.
Increasing diversity in staffing and ensuring that we maintain an equitable and inclusive workplace: When we are next hiring, we will actively seek BIPOC candidates for the position. And we will codify policies such as paid time off for voting, flexibility in work schedules and the ability to work from home, and honoring multiple religious and cultural practices in our time-off schedule including adding Juneteenth as a paid holiday.
Amplifying the voices of BIPOC artists: We will actively seek out BIPOC performers for our benefit performances and BIPOC theatre companies as future partners for our Open Stage grant and Barbour Playwrights Award. We will include more BIPOC authors in our future book club selections, and we will provide a platform for our BIPOC friends and members through our social media accounts.
Celebrating the diversity of EAG's history: Once we are safely back in Guild Hall, we will work with our Archives Committee to curate exhibits that showcase our inclusive history and make sure that the space feels safe and welcoming to all.
Educating ourselves about structural inequality and how we can be better anti-racist allies: Our staff and Council will be required to take anti-racist training annually. And, individually, we will continue to reflect, watch, listen, read, learn, and speak out.
EAG supports BLM - Proposals Adopted at the Council Meeting of 6/30/2020
EAG's anti-discrimination statement: EAG helps qualified performing artists regardless of religion, race, national origin or ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, political ideology/affiliations, language, immigration status, or marital or parental status.