Equality and Inclusion

Mountview is a place where every student, member of staff and visitor is valued and respected and we are committed to ensuring all communities are welcome and supported. To that end, Mountview is actively engaged with the industry-wide issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and No Grey Area movements. We actively challenge systemic and endemic prejudice, exploitation and oppression and we empower everyone to call out injustices.

We have already taken a number of steps to embed these principles into our work at Mountview and we also recognise that there is more work to be done. These are live movements that have arisen from lived experiences and the work we must all do to tackle inequality is ongoing.

We are committed to updating our communities about the work we are doing to tackling inequality in all its forms and in our proactive stand in the fight against racism, prejudice, inequality and discrimination.

COMMITMENTS

Our EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION POLICY sets out our commitment to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and equality of opportunity is embedded for all students and staff regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or religion. Our aim is for staff and student bodies to be truly representative of our society.

We are resolute to both meet and exceed current legal obligations. By doing more than is required by law we will build on our reputation and practice as a diverse and inclusive arts training institution.

The Black Lives Matter Movement has focussed attention on institutional and systemic racism and bias. We created a BLACK LIVES MATTER STATEMENT OF INTENT AND ACTION PLAN in June 2020 which sets out a commitment to address these injustices in five areas. This statement stands as a commitment we have made to all underrepresented groups and to those who have experienced prejudice and discrimination.

We have committed to:

Train and Educate

Ensure all permanent and visiting staff and students are educated about systemic and endemic racism, inequality and unconscious bias

Represent

Actively recruit and draw upon the expertise of Black and minority communities and review how we engage students to represent Mountview in marketing and at events

Listen

Improve Mountview’s formal and informal complaints and reporting procedures and conduct them in a culture of transparency

Support and Connect

Establish a safe environment for students to be supported and ensure we connect all our communities

Advocate

Work as an institution with peer drama schools and cultural industry partners to tackle racism, inequality and injustice