Métissage creates a stirring view of our shared oppression.
It was a very unusual way of discussing power and discrimination. And it left me thinking we should be doing it more.
After lunch in a lounge for about a hundred people during the University of Victoria’s recent Diversity Conference, we prepared to hear actors recount true experiences of an anonymous UVic female custodian, Aboriginal technical worker, black office worker and student, and female sessional instructor.
During introductory remarks, the co-directors, theatre PhD candidate Will Weigler and educational psychology instructor Catherine Etmanski, explained that the project had hatched out of a growing awareness that UVic’s own challenges in achieving a healthy, diverse workplace for its non-faculty staff are rarely openly discussed.
“Their experiences of what happens is, as they say, where the rubber meets the road,” Weigler observed. “So we thought, how can we create an opportunity for their voices to be heard?”