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, serves 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
Executive Director: John Tannous
Directors: Octavia Graham and Max Clabaut
Board member: Tara Adams
Staff members: Lily Baumgart, Sam Vasquez, Trevor Asbury, Jasmine Manuel, Alyssa Hellrung, Megan Strawn
Community members: Nekole Shapiro

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 (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Antiracism) Strategic Plan

DRAFT February 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
 IN PROGRESS
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
 IN PROGRESS
Formally vote on two BIPOC Board members
Board of Directors
One or two BIPOC members voted onto Board
June 2021
 IN PROGRESS
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
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
Started; needs to
expand to include
larger SANCA
community
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
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
Establish a shared vocabulary within
the SANCA community
IDEA Committee
Host a forum to help
staff and Board
understand
terms and objectives
May 2021
Vocabulary started within the IDEA Committee.
Conduct required staff and Board
trainings on antiracism; investigate bringing outside speakers in future years
IDEA Chair
Trainings conducted
and attended by all
staff at least once
annually
May 2021 and
ongoing
 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 Artists
Jasmine, Trevor, Max
Wall installed and featuring artists
March 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
Attending Staff meeting
Highlight antiracist efforts in SANCA
Annual Report
Executive Director, IDEA Chair
IDEA Committee’s efforts reported in Annual Reports beginning in 2020
March 2021
  IN PROGRESS
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 will continue this dialogue.
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
First draft sent to
IDEA Committee for
review
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
 IN PROGRESS
Publish a shared vocabulary for
  the SANCA community
 IDEA Committee
Information public on the SANCA website
  November 2021
Conversation on
vocabulary started within IDEA Committee

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
 IN PROGRESS
Increase the dollar investment for antiracist efforts by minimum 100%
Executive Director
Board-approved budget includes 100% increase over 2021 for antiracist work
December 2021 for
the 2022 Budget
 IN PROGRESS
Include funds in the annual budget for staff training on antiracism
Executive Director
Board-approved budget includes line item for staff training
Each December
 IN PROGRESS
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
 IN PROGRESS
Create equitable compensation policy
Executive Director, Director of Staff Success, IDEA Chair
Public record of pay structure; staff payment accessible internally
May 2021
 IN PROGRESS

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.



I.D.E.A committee members

Board Vice-President
IDEA community member
Executive Director
Artistic Director
Director of Staff Success
Coach, Chair IDEA Committee