Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color

Anonymous Feedback Form for Students of Color

 

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.

This resource is intended to provide a space for students of color to offer feedback, create accountability and transparency around problems and responses, and release the continuous burden that falls students of color to enact equity and racial justice.

Where does my feedback go?

  • Platt House Staff reviews these responses and discusses concerns and areas of opportunity at our regular staff meetings.
  • Platt House Staff will discuss these responses in depth at monthly Equity and Racial Justice meetings, seek solutions through our programming structure, student leaders, and campus partners, and report out in community spaces which 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!

 


  This form is anonymous. If you would prefer to send us non-anonymous feedback in a different format, please feel free to contact us atplatthouse@pobox.upenn.edu. We can schedule a meeting, chat via email or at an event, or whatever works best for you.  

 


Progress Log

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! 


Topic 001: Identity as Costume April 27, 2021

Platt House Staff reviewed this submission and discussed:
1. Addressing the group directly through the Group Advising program;
2. Bringing this concern as a topic for discussion among the new PAC-Exec committee;
3. Extending this conversation to the PAC community at future meetings and through programming in the Fall 2021 semester.


Topic 001: Identity as Costume 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)