Dear PVTC Students and Families,
At PVTC, we tell stories onstage that focus on hope and transformation.
Right now, there is a larger story playing out on the nation’s stage and we want to add our voices to the conversation. We at PVTC unequivocally believe that Black Lives Matter, and we stand in solidarity with voices across the country who are calling out for justice. PVTC is committed to creating a safe space where people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and backgrounds feel welcomed and included. We are dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion. And, we recognize that there is so much work that we can do as allies within our organization.
Here are some first steps the PVTC team is taking to double down on our commitment to equity:
Creating a revamped training session in topics of identity and inclusion for our summer camp staff.
Sending PVTC staff to a multi-day symposium focusing on community-based, civically-minded theatre practice.
Dedicating resources toward sessions with trained Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) facilitators in the coming years to ensure a deep commitment to continued learning.
This is just a first step. Are there suggestions you have for the PVTC community to engage more deeply in anti-racism and EDI practices? Let us know! We’re excited to be in the conversation with you.
We all have a lot of learning to do. Members of the PVTC staff have found these resources to be useful in our own learning. If you’re interested in engaging with Black Lives Matter movement, we encourage you to check them out:
For parents and educators looking to have conversations with young people: “Your Kids Aren’t Too Young To Talk About Race”
For adults and young adults looking to educate themselves around anti-racism practices: “Anti-racism resources”
For individuals who are in a position to donate: The NAACP Legal Defense Fund
For families looking to support Black-owned businesses across the Bay Area: Bay Area Organization of Black Owned Business (you can sign up for their directory)