CommUNITY Day challenges participants to embody empathy

In this age of distanced learning, the perfect remedy is some much needed community building.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts is hosting its third annual CommUNITY Day on Friday, Sept. 11. Held on Zoom for the first time, the event will foster and build the School’s community by creating an environment that explores and celebrates our differences.

Pertaining to the theme of “Embodying Empathy,” numerous workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some highlights to look out for include:

  • An event for anti-racism, allyship and advocacy with the creators of Justice in June, an initiative started with the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies of the black community.
  • An alumni panel discussion on how recent SDA alumni use their voice and identity in the art they make and the stories they tell.
  • Global Flows, a workshop led by Assistant Professor Rena Heinrich, which explores the influence of intercultural and multicultural customs, voices, stories, artists and experiences on theatrical and artistic traditions of the past and present.

Following the event, the School will be participating in a 30-day challenge, known as the SDA Anti-Racism & Advocacy Challenge, beginning on Monday, Sept. 14. Learn more and/or participate in the challenge.