A High Tide Raises All Ships
Diversity & Inclusion
We aim to make Improv Utopia an inclusive & diverse environment where improv enthusiasts can connect.
Our mission as a Non-Profit is to give back to the arts community and forward the advancement of improv as an artform. We want to be the inspiration and example for the larger improv community, if we do better, everyone does better. We believe this means a diverse and inclusive environment and are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming space for all to collaborate.
In 2022 our commitment was to increase the racial diversity at our camps, specifically Improv Utopia East, by at least 10%. In 2023, it is our hope that we can continue to increase racial diversity to 20% and increase attendance of those at different physical capabilities across the board.
What We've Done:
In 2020 we:
- Hired Allison Reese-Shapiro to be our Outreach - Inclusion Manager.
- With her assistance we:
- Aimed for more inclusive language, welcoming campers to share their pronouns and diversity with us.
- Opened conversations at our camps on boundaries to support a safe environment.
- Sought out diverse and talented instructors for our camps.
- Hosted free workshops marketed directly for diverse communities.
- Featuring Master Instructors from those communities, including LGTBQA+, 50+, A Black Empowerment Workshop, All Encompassing Diversity Workshop, Women of Color, Asian, and LatinX/Latin(e).
In 2022 we:
- Appointed Anita Nicholson our Diversity Adviser
- With her assistance we:
- Set diversity targets.
- Added diversity & inclusion page to site.
- Updated site to include past diversity actions and current focuses.
- Reached out to diverse improv groups & individual. members for recruitment to increase representation.
- Email recruitment with more targeted diversity message.
- Diversity discount available to BIPOC campers.
- Reached out to past POC campers for feedback in increasing diversity.
- Reached out to other Diversity directors on East Coast for feedback.
- Established Staff Diversity Training.
- Added Red Flag Reporting for safer reporting practices & accessibility.
- Included into opening ceremonies a diversity message with safety discussions.
- Create D & I Facebook group for year round discussion
- Awarded 4 Diversity Scholarships & 9 Partial Scholarships
- Held D & I Brainstorming Sessions at Camp
- Requested specific diversity feedback via our surveys.
In 2023 We Hope to:
- Build an equitable scholarship program to assist with diversity & hardship funding.
- Continue mandatory staff, instructor & volunteer diversity training.
- Add diversity training for campers.
- Accessible Virtual programming throughout the year featuring our diverse community leaders.
- Generate more diverse content, featuring diverse communities and artists on the Improv Utopia platform.
- Continue our goal to increase racial diversity and representation of differing capabilities at Camp another 5% for East, West and Yosemite
- Continue to maintain the strong gender and LGBTQIA representation at our camps.
We aim to make Improv Utopia an inclusive and diverse environment where improv enthusiasts can connect, feature diverse representation in our instructors and leadership, and make partnerships with advisors to maintain a safe environment.
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If you are uncomfortable with a situation, Be Proactive.
Red Flag Reporting is your hotline for:
- Fraudulent activity / theft
- Safety violations
- Unethical behavior
Protect your organization and your co-workers – Because Everyone Deserves to Feel Protected and Safe.
To file a report, provide client code Utopia and simply do one of the following:
1. Visit www.RedFlagReporting.com and click on “File a Report”
2. Call 1-877-647-3335
3. Text RFR to 234-231-9005
4. You may also use the following (be sure to be detail oriented, provide our client code, and indicate if you wish to be anonymous our not):
a. Fax to 330-572-8146
b. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Mail to RFR, P.O. Box 4230, Akron, Ohio 44321