Leading the Charge — Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship!

by Dafina McMillan

in Diversity & Inclusion,Education

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At TCG we’ve been moving full steam ahead on our Diversity & Inclusion efforts as part of our strategic plan. From last year’s Fall Forum: Leading the Charge, to the launch of our national peer learning cohort, the Diversity & Inclusion Institute, and our rigorous and honest work at the 2013 National Conference in Dallas—and now our further movement on our multi-pronged initiatives: research, literature review, legacy video project, expanded YLC program and our commitment to nurturing theatres of color—it’s an exciting time for change!

This work continues with the hiring of our first ever Leading the Charge Diversity & Inclusion Fellow!  We have created a two-year professional development and leadership position that will work closely with the leadership of this organization, our consultant Carmen Morgan and our membership. Given our Diversity efforts will be long-standing, it was important to create an opportunity for a long-term fellowship. This longevity will come with some flexibility of schedule as needed.

As we continue to work towards radically transforming our theatre field, this fellow will take a leadership role on our diversity programs and help us develop new paths forward, including partnerships and effective ways to measure progress. Moreover, we are committed to providing substantial opportunities for professional development, networking and connection throughout the journey.

I’m smiling as I write this… excited for this process, building our team, and building on this work intentionally and thoughtfully.

You can read details about the fellowship position and our Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 7th.  If you have any questions about the position, email fellowsearch@tcg.org.

 


Dafina McMillan joined TCG in August 2010 and serves as the director of communications & conferences. In this role, Dafina oversees the overall internal and external communications strategy – as well as programs TCG’s convenings, including the TCG National Conference, which gathers more than 1,000 theatre practitioners annually.  In addition, Dafina is leading TCG’s multi-year Diversity & Inclusion Initiative as part of TCG’s strategic plan. Prior to joining TCG, Dafina served as the associate managing director of Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN, where she managed the day-to-day operations for the theatre, including communications, fundraising and working directly with the board of directors. While previously in New York, she was an account supervisor at global public relations agency GCI Group (now Cohn & Wolfe) and implemented communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Dafina has served as a speech writer, led executive visibility and corporate social responsibility campaigns, supported brand launches, and worked with national media to secure online, print and broadcast coverage for her clients.  She also consulted with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on marketing and community engagement initiatives. Dafina is an alumna of The John F. Kennedy Center’s International Arts Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Originally from Houston, TX, she received her bachelor of science degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Julie Hennrikus

    This is terrific. Will forward it!

  • Dafina McMillan

    Wonderful — thank you, Julie!!

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  • SE

    Hey TCG, I like you guys, but I’m calling you out on this. Your Diversity & Inclusion Initiative is BS. It’s an exercise in public relations. If you want to increase diversity within your organization or industry, there’s a method that’s simple and proven effective: hire more women and minorities in positions of power.

    The Initiative’s six points are at best window dressing (point #3: making videos about theater practitioners of color) and at worst harmful* (point #5: professional development for young leaders of color)

    Do you really want to nurture a theater of color (point #6)? Take that $30,000 (and whatever other money you’re spending on this initiative) and give it to a theater of color to hire actors, directors, and writers to make work.

    [*Why is professional development for young leaders of color harmful, you ask? Because it perpetuates the idea that it’s our young leaders of color who need fixing, not the people and structures who are excluding them.]

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