Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit
In the fall of 2020, Fringe will begin an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion audit with Sedina Fiati (Principal at BIPOC Executive Search and founder of Where You Are Consulting) and Candice Frederick (Principal at BIPOC Executive Search).
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit for the Toronto Fringe will culminate in a series of recommendations which will be incorporated into the operating plan for the Fringe. The audit and action items will ensure the Fringe is better equipped to address issues of racism and oppression. As Fringe's current strategic plan (2019-2021) is about to expire, it is an ideal moment to infuse EDI principles into all aspects of the Fringe’s operations.
Once the audit is underway, we will be posting our findings and action items on this page.
For now, here are some of our statements from the spring:
June 1, 2020: Our statement in solidarity with organizations fighting anti-black racism.
June 5, 2020: A letter from our Executive Director on addressing systemic barriers at Fringe.
June 8, 2020: An anti-racist reading list from Fringe's former Outreach Coordinator Senjuti Sarker
Learn about our EDI Audit team:
Sedina Fiati is a frequent panelist, moderator and facilitator in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and the arts. Sedina holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor and has 10 years experience in workshop facilitating, coordinating panels and incorporating anti oppression practises into arts’ and organizational processes. Recent panels and workshops: Tall Boys Season 2 (workshop for team), Dreaming Black Futures for Live Performance (PACTCon 2020), CITT: Hiring Diversity, Indie Arts Coalition: Open Space, ACTRA Toronto Town Hall on Anti Black Racism, Stratford Symposium 2019, Reel World Film Festival 2019, Making Space for Conflict with the AFC, CTV’s Your Morning, Woke 2.0 Social Justice Workshop series. Sedina was the co chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and councillor and 2nd VP of council for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. She is currently a Principal with BIPOC Executive Search and was the facilitator for Generator’s Artist Producer Training Program. She believes in radical empathy and generosity as we chart our way to a better future and stronger organizations.
Candice Frederick is an educator and workshop facilitator in the areas of anti-oppressive practice and healing from anti-black racism. Candice also a published writer and has contributed to When It Happens: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Toronto. Her work experience includes over 15 years in community agencies and educational institutions. In 2020, she founded a research project that focuses on Black-focused wellness resources across Canada called Black Wellness Canada. She is currently a Principal with BIPOC Executive Search and was the Director of Student Services at the Randolph College of the Performing Arts. Candice provides a space to engage in critical discussions that center intersectionality, equity, marginalization, and trauma. She believes that the roots to systemic change must involve an acknowledgement of the past as we move toward building more intentional relationships.