Dear Campus Community,
As I have said before, I want UNCSA to be a place where being the best artist you can be is not mutually exclusive from becoming your best self. And I want UNCSA to be a leader in developing industrywide changes that focus on putting the well-being of artists first. This is why we have made Health and Wellness one of the core strategies of our new strategic plan, UNCSA Forward.
Student safety must be the baseline for any plan to enhance health and wellness. We must implement leading protocols and procedures to protect students from all forms of misconduct or harassment. And while UNCSA has these systems in place now, I heard directly from students during my listening sessions in October 2021 that they wanted and needed more. This is why I directed the launch of a comprehensive external review of our policies, procedures, communications and practices to strengthen our response and prevention of sexual misconduct and harassment, with a collective goal of eliminating them from our campus. The review is part of a yearlong partnership with Harassment Free NC (HFNC), an organization that provides holistic and systematic services designed to enhance sexual violence prevention and response efforts.
As a first step, UNCSA will increase campuswide education about sexual misconduct and harassment through a new series of annual mandatory training sessions, which will begin this summer.
Progress on this initiative will require an ongoing and sustained effort. I am committed
to that effort, and I know that together, we can create a culture of shared safety
values and responsibility at UNCSA. And I hope that our students will bring these
shared values forward as they enter careers in the arts and entertainment industry,
where they will lead by example, hold others accountable, and serve as advocates for
enhanced safety and harassment protocols.
June 8, 2022