Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at TIC
We at The Improv Centre would like to begin by thanking all of those who were instrumental in drawing our attention to our participation in a culture that promotes the privileged and perpetuates the oppression of marginalized voices. It is an immense gift for all of us at The Improv Centre to be made aware of our harmful patterns, and for your bravery and honesty, we thank you.
While we never meant any harm to the people we hurt, we recognize that impact matters more than intent, and we know that a simple apology means nothing unless there is action.
Today, The Improv Centre is committed to recognizing systems of oppression before letting our individual defensiveness paralyze us from dismantling them. It is a privilege to educate ones’ self on racism instead of experiencing it, and we have spent the last two years exercising that privilege as a company.
Change is often quiet, and the hidden heart work is the hard work, but the evidence of this hidden work are the results that it brings. Now, and in the future, The Improv Centre is determined to offer equal opportunities to any and all people, regardless of any protected trait as defined by the Human Rights Tribunal, including, but not limited to, race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, and/or mental or physical disability.
The Improv Centre values and celebrates inclusivity, and we recognize that diversity can only improve the quality of our comedy. We pledge to always be in a state of continual growth when it comes to learning new ways in which to dismantle the harmful systems that we have partaken in, both as individuals and as a company. We have and will continue to revise our code of conduct to communicate firm boundaries around the treatment of each other within our company, and are taking steps to make all employees aware of their right to receive full support from The Improv Centre should they need to raise any concerns or challenge any unacceptable behavior.
Here are a few of the questions we benefit from on a daily basis:
- When is the last time I leveraged my privilege to create change?
- How am I holding my industry accountable?
- What is my role in the social change ecosystem?
Specific actions we have taken: