RoxArts’ Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy

Due to the global pandemic, the RoxArts board of directors was forced to take more than a year’s hiatus to meet in-person. On June 1, 2021, our board was finally able to safely reconvene. 

The RoxArts board has deemed it absolutely necessary to create a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policy for our organization, and communicate it to the wider Heights community. In June, the board voted unanimously to adopt it and follow its tenets.

As a diverse community, we’ve witnessed how new generations are shaping the nature of education and how changes in society increasingly impact our children. 

 

RoxArts recognizes that systemic racism, discrimination and oppression has existed in local academic institutions and arts organizations, including our own. Regrettably, we too have been complicit in some of our former funding models. This past year has given us pause, however. We are unified as a board and stand firmly committed to take this opportunity to further CHANGE the status quo by rooting out these inequities.

In 2017, we took a first step by adjusting our funding models. We transitioned from funding just two schools, Roxboro Elementary and Roxboro Middle School, to adding Monticello Middle School. And in 2019, we began funding ALL of the CH-UH district elementary schools – for a total of nine schools. This was accomplished through the RoxArts' Tiger Nation Fund, a Creative Arts and Sciences Fund.

We are committed to 100% equity in our fundraising for programming – to support arts and science enrichment opportunities for ALL students K-8th grade, across the CH-UH school district. RoxArts respects and values ALL of our students. 

 

We accept responsibility to make positive change through structural and systemic changes and actionable items. We have a long way to go, but RoxArts will work to build a culture that is safe, respectful, fair and inclusive for all the children, families, artists, teachers, and schools that we serve. It is our intention that our community embrace this change.

Our mission aligns with the CH-UH city school district to become a model for educational equity by providing students with the support and opportunities for arts and science enrichment. We believe that educational equity in these areas benefits all students, as well as our entire community.

We look forward to sharing arts experiences with (and from) children and artists of every nation, race, ethnicity, belief, gender, sexual identity, disability, and culture. Please join us to garner further positive change. We encourage your support and invite you to engage with us in the healing power of the arts!

Actionable items

•    Make financial and artistic resources fully equitable to all CH-UH elementary and middle schools.

•    Host an art supply drive benefiting the Tamir Rice Foundation in collaboration with SPACES, scheduled for Aug. 21, 2021.

•    Diversify our board of directors so that it is representative of our entire community, elevating all stakeholders’ voices by working more closely with parents at each elementary and middle school.

•    More broadly communicate our mission, grant funding application processes, program successes, fundraisers and related activities.

Signed by 2021-22 RoxArts' Board: June 2021

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