What is this for?
The Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color launched in April 2021 as an anonymous space for students of color to name issues, express concerns, and offer suggestions to help Platt House, the PAC Shop, and the student performing arts at Penn community become more equitable and racially just entities and spaces. The Anonymous Feedback form for Accessibility and Inclusion launched in March 2023 to provide parallel pathways for students observing or experiencing barriers to participation or inadequate accommodations for their inclusion in the student performing arts. The two forms will be merged into a single platform at the start of the 2023-24 Academic Year.
This resource is intended to provide a space for students to offer feedback, create accountability and transparency around problems and responses, and release the continuous burden that falls on marginalized identities to enact equity on behalf of the community.
Where does my feedback go?
- Reading a submission: Platt House (Director Laurie McCall, Associate Director Megan Edelman, Program Coordinator Sara Outing) & The PAC Shop (Technical Advisor Amanda Labonte) have direct access to the submissions on these forms.
- Internal discussion and resolutions: Our staff discusses these submissions in depth at monthly internal DEIA meetings and identifies actions to address them, including new or revised programming and extending the discussion to other individuals or communities.
- Extending the discussion to others: Non-confidential information (as designated by the submitter) that may be used to address problems and guide progress may be shared with student leaders and campus partners. Language and formatting will make an effort to preserve the anonymity of the submitter.
- Community reporting: Broad topics of interest and follow-up actions may be reported in community spaces which may include email listservs, social media platforms, and the Progress Log below.
If we do not adequately address a concern you have raised, we welcome you to submit additional notes about your original feedback.
Paper forms are available in the Platt House lobby, behind the public computing bank.
These forms are anonymous. If you would prefer to send us non-anonymous feedback in a different format, please feel free to visit our office during staff hours (9am-5pm) or contact us at platthouse[at]pobox.upenn.edu.
Below, you’ll find a list of our Anonymous Feedback topics and our actions to address them. These entries are organized from newest to oldest, so the most recent actions and entries will be at the top.
If we do not adequately address a concern you have raised, we welcome you to submit additional notes about your original feedback!
The Anonymous Feedback Form for Accessibility and Inclusion is intended to provide an anonymous space for students to name issues, express concerns, and offer suggestions to help Platt House, the PAC Shop, and the student performing arts at Penn community become more accessible and inclusive entities and spaces. This form is intended to be combined with the Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color in future semesters.
|Topic 001: Identity as Costume||Early April 2021||
New submission: Identity as Costume
What is Identity as Costume? Redface, blackface, brownface, yellowface, and Jewface are terms for the appropriative use of clothing, props, movement and speech styles, and face-painting to costume a person who does not belong to the ethnic/racial group in question. These practices, often derived from Vaudevillian mockery or colonial fascination with non-European cultures, perpetuates harmful stereotypes, contributes to the erasure of actual members of those identity groups from their creative industries, and denies them agency over how their own cultures are portrayed and narrativized. In film, stage, and fashion it often involves appropriating from distinct cultures broadly, inconsistently, and inaccurately in a way that centers the perspectives and narratives of Settlers, Colonizers, and Whiteness.
Follow the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA): https://www.facebook.com/ipaaonline
For more on the history and impact of redface in the performing arts, see Indigenous, First Nations, and Native Theatre (Howlround) and also Indigenous Theater and Performance of North America Resource Guide (ATHE)
|Topic 001: Identity as Costume||April 27, 2021||
Platt House and the PAC Shop Staff reviewed this submission and agreed on the following actions:
|Topic 001: Identity as Costume||July 18, 2021 – ongoing||
Over the course of the spring and following academic year, Platt House and the PAC Shop implemented the following actions:
This was supplemented by additional spaces for conversation in the following programs throughout the 2021-22 academic year and ongoing:
The Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color is intended to provide an anonymous space for students of color to name issues, express concerns, and offer suggestions to help Platt House, the PAC Shop, and the student performing arts at Penn community become more equitable and racially just entities and spaces.