I.D.E.A.

Antiracism Work at SANCA

In April 2020, SANCA formally created the IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism) Committee to establish and implement strategies to ensure that SANCA reflects its community and serves all people regardless of background, identity, and socioeconomic status.

This page, and the plan listed below, serve that effort by providing transparency about SANCA’s IDEA efforts with supporters, staff, and students, as well as with the larger Seattle and King County communities it represents. SANCA recognizes that we are just beginning this work. There is a considerable amount of work to do to unseat policies, practices, and systems that uphold white supremacy.

Further, this page is not meant to applaud SANCA for tackling this work or exist as a performative gesture. Instead, the effort is meant to point to the fact that SANCA is behind the curve in addressing systemic racism in its operations and needs to take appropriate action. That work cannot be taken on rapidly and needs careful consideration and planning. This page expresses our beginning effort so that SANCA is transparent and open with its constituents about the journey we are undertaking.

The members of this committee are as follows:

Chair: Tania Nambo-Escobar

Board members: Teresita J Bazán Beltrán, Dylan Forbes 

Staff members: Sam Vasquez, Jasmine Manuel, Alyssa Hellrung, Megan Strawn, Erika Bergren

Community members: Nekole Shapiro, Lily Baumgart, Trevor Asbury

If you would like to provide input on this plan or if you are interested in joining the IDEA Committee, please contact Chair Tania Nambo-Escobar.

This plan has been updated in February 2021. The previous version of this plan was approved by the SANCA Board of Directors as of October 2020.

IDEA Committe Strategic Plan

October 2021

In 2020, SANCA formally created the IDEA committee to establish and implement strategies to ensure that SANCA reflects its community and serves all people regardless of background, identity, and socioeconomic status.

Goal #1

Transform SANCA’s leadership to increase BIPOC representation and decentralize whiteness

Objective: Add at least two BIPOC members to the SANCA Board of Directors
Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Change bylaws to allow a Staff representative on the SANCA Board
Board of Directors
Amended bylaws approved.
September 2020
 COMPLETED
Approve resolution to make next two
Board members BIPOC
Board of Directors
Resolution adopted by Board.
September 2020
 COMPLETED
Conduct selection process for staff representative to the Board with staff input; focus on BIPOC candidates
IDEA Committee
Staff given input on selection; candidate identified and sent to Board.
December 2020
 COMPLETED
Contact potential BIPOC candidates to assess interest; forward interested candidates’ contact info to Board leadership
 
IDEA Committee
Eight or more candidates contacted + three or more sent to Board.
February 2021
 COMPLETED
Elect BIPOC staff to the Board
Board of Directors
BIPOC Staff member voted onto Board.
February 2021
 COMPLETED
Meet with and recruit BIPOC candidates; invite interested parties
to attend Board meeting
Board President & Executive Director
Meetings with at least three candidates.
March 2021
 COMPLETED
 
Formally vote on two BIPOC Board members
Board of Directors
One or two BIPOC members voted onto Board.
June 2021
COMPLETED

 

Objective: Add BIPOC Members to Staff Leadership
Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Create IDEA Committee with BIPOC staff members as leadership
Executive Director
IDEA Committee active and meeting with BIPOC chair(s).
May 2020
COMPLETE and
ongoing
Add at least one BIPOC member to
Staff Leadership (“Directors”)
Executive Director
BIPOC Member hired as a Director.
August 2020
COMPLETED
Update and revise Staff Recruitment Policy to seek out, encourage, and assist BIPOC candidates
Executive Director, Director of Staff Success, IDEA Chair
New policy adopted by Board of Directors.
May 2021
 IN PROGRESS Director of Staff Success is currently working on rewriting personnel policy
Create IDEA director position led by BIPOC person
Executive Director
Hiring a person in this position.
January 2022
IN PROGRESS

Goal #2

Provide educational opportunities on antiracism to SANCA staff and community

Objective: Provide educational opportunities
Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Create Antiracist Book Club for staff
and SANCA community
Lily B.
Book club established
and meeting regularly.
August 2020
COMPLETED
Install Land Acknowledgement that states that SANCA operates
on land that was originally occupied
by the Duwamish Tribe.
Trevor, Jasmine
Approved by the Board
of Directors; posted on
website.
November 2020
COMPLETED
Draft written & approved by IDEA Committee. Approved by Board.
Create the Power of Three to share three antiracist resources (books, podcasts, movies, etc.) every Tuesday on social media to help the SANCA community learn how to be better allies to marginalized communities
Tania, Trevor
Power of Three and Blackout posts are broadcast every Tuesday.
December 2020
 Started and ongoing
Create a glossary that will be accessible to all of the SANCA community (students, coaches, directors, & board members). This glossary will provide the SANCA community a common language or a shared vocabulary on various topics.
IDEA Committee
Host a forum to help
staff and Board
understand terms and objectives.
April 2022
Resources on topics collected within the IDEA Committee has started.
Conduct required staff and Board
trainings on antiracism.
IDEA Chair
Trainings conducted
and attended by all
staff at least once
annually.
May 2021
COMPLETED for directors in April 2021; COMPLETED for Staff & Board in May 2021

 

 

Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Investigate cost and feasibility of outside speakers for future antiracism trainings.
IDEA Committee / Executive Director
Create roster of potential speakers with costs for consideration in the budget.
November 2021
Investigating potential speakers during 2021
Host at least one outside speaker on antirasism
IDEA Chair
Conduct trainings with attendance by staff and board.
2022
Reevaluate needs from the community in relation to discussion groups
IDEA, IDEA Chair
Surveys or informal conversations with community members.
Winter 2022
IN PROGRESS

 

Objective: Spotlight BIPOC circus artists
Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Social media Tuesday Blackout features BIPOC Circus & Performing Artists – with no posts about SANCA
IDEA Committee / Marketing Director
All social media accounts feature only these posts each Tuesday.
Ongoing
Started Summer 2020; completed and ongoing
Create a collage on Coach Wall in Front Office to spotlight Indigenous Circus Arts
Jasmine, Trevor
Wall installed featuring artists.
June 2021
IN PROGRESS

Goal #3

Be accountable and transparent in antiracist efforts to SANCA’s community

Objective: Create opportunities for reporting and input with the community
Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Invite community members to IDEA Committee
IDEA Committee
At least two community members present at IDEA meetings.
November 2020
COMPLETED
Highlight antiracist efforts in SANCA
Annual Report
Executive Director, IDEA Chair
IDEA Committee’s efforts reported in Annual Reports beginning in 2020.
March 2021
COMPLETED FOR 2021
Host forums and community
conversations to further the dialogue
on SANCA’s antiracist efforts
IDEA Committee
Conducted at least once per year.
Sometime in 2021
and ongoing
Town Hall held in August 2020
discussed antiracism framework and usage. Town Hall in February 2021 informed the SANCA community about the committee’s projects and goals.
Create webpage on SANCA website
that features this plan with progress
updates and other information on
SANCA’s antiracist efforts
IDEA Committee to draft content; Marketing Director to update website
Page created and
published; updated
with new information at least quarterly.
March 2021
COMPLETED
SANCA has a page on the website dedicated to IDEA. This page has been updated wit the content from the committee
Assess engagement on our community education efforts
IDEA Committee
Create survey to ask community if they are reading and using the resources we are providing.
March 2021
Sent out the first survey in August newsletter
Publish a shared vocabulary for the SANCA community
 IDEA Committee
Information public on the SANCA website.
September 2021
IN PROGRESS IDEA Committee is consolidating information and editing a prototype.

Goal #4

Allocate organization resources for IDEA Committee’s work

Objective: Invest SANCA resources in antiracist efforts and programs
Actions
Responsible
Measurement
Latest Due Date
Progress Report
Add a line item to the annual budget for antiracist efforts
Executive Director
Board-approved budget includes line item for IDEA Committee.
December 2020 for
the 2021 Budget
COMPLETED for 2021 budget
Set a minimum monetary amount for IDEA work
Executive Director, IDEA Chair, IDEA Committee
Minimum set and will be based on the hours allotted to the chair and staff for attending meetings and working on projects.
June 2021
 
Create a budget for the IDEA committee
Executive Director, IDEA Chair, IDEA committee
Budget is created and has proposed monetary values.
November 2021
Present an IDEA budget to the board for approval
Executive Director
Board-approved budget installed.
December 2021 for the 2022 Budget
Include funds in the annual budget for staff training on antiracism
Executive Director
Board-approved budget includes line item for staff training.
Each December
COMPLETED FOR 2021 ONGOING FOR 2022
Commit annual funding to programming for marginalized community members
Executive Director
Board-approved budget includes line item for Celestial Circus and other similar programs.
Each December
COMPLETED FOR 2021 ONGOING FOR 2022
Create equitable compensation policy
Executive Director, Director of Staff Success, IDEA Chair
Public record of pay structure; staff payment accessible internally.
May 2021
COMPLETED for coaching positions
COMPLETED for other staff positions

 

Archived Strategic Plans Can Be Found Here

 



 

Check out the Antiracist Discussion Group! This (online) space is set up for white people to work through tough or uncomfortable conversations with facilitation by members of their own race. We hope to relieve Black and Brown community members (often femmes) of the exhaustive labor of facilitation and education on these matters. However, all are welcome to join! We will meet bi-weekly to learn from readings, think critically about our actions in our own lives, and find ways to start or continue to support BIPOC people, especially Black people, in the circus community and in all aspects of life. This is a space for learning, come as you are and with a mindset of growth. Register here.

 

Bias Reporting Tool

Bias Reporting

The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment for all people. SANCA values and caters to a diverse community where all members are able to fully participate in the joy of circus. SANCA’s mission is to improve the mental, emotional, and physical health of children of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities by engaging them in the joyous creativity of acrobatics and circus arts. This mission can only be accomplished if the learning environments in classes are safe and free from violence, harassment and intimidation.

Incidents of bias or hate affecting a person or group negatively impact the quality of experience in circus arts for our community members. SANCA takes such incidents seriously and will respond appropriately to reported or observed incidents of bias or hate. These reports will be viewed and handled by the head of Human Resources (HR) and IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism).

This reporting system allows SANCA to understand and respond to situations that affect students, to educate and inform the community about such events, and to create awareness of intolerance as it relates to bias or hate incidents. This reporting tool is not limited to students and can be used by office staff and coaches. If you have any additional questions about this tool, please contact biasreporting@sancaseattle.org

Bias Reporting Tool

I.D.E.A committee members

Board Vice-President
Coach, Administrative Assistant
IDEA community member
Board Member, Coach, Board Liaison
Board Member
IDEA Chair, Celestials Lead Coach
Stratus Lead Coach