SAVE THE AADC AND HONOR PROF. IRIS ROSA
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We, the undersigned, call upon Indiana University (IU) and the IU Board of Trustees; President Michael A. McRobbie; Provost Lauren Robel; Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush; College of Arts and Sciences Dean Larry Singell, Jr. and all other appropriate parties, to recognize and honor the significant contributions and legacy of Professor Iris Rosa and the African American Dance Company (AADC). An outstanding educator and leader, Prof. Rosa is the Founder and Director of the IU African American Dance Company for over four decades, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; an accomplished, world-renowned choreographer; first tenured Latina at IU; recipient of numerous other accomplishments and honors; and contributor to greater cultural understanding across the campus, city, state, nationally, and internationally.
The AADC is itself, an historic entity rooted in the promise of equity, respect, multicultural understanding and self-determination through the study and preservation of African diaspora culture. The AADC, a core part of the program which the visionary Dr. Herman C. Hudson founded as an exemplary academic and performance studies model, is now under threat given the planned changes to ensue structurally after Prof. Rosa retires.
As concerned alumni, current and former faculty, students, families, and other allies, we prevail upon you to uphold the legacy and hard won historic stature of the AADC by:
1) not diminishing the status of the future leadership (maintaining Full Professorship, Tenure track, and retaining the Directorship reporting relationship in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS);
2) not gentrifying the dance studio which has been the artistic home and prioritized for use by the AADC Company, its Director, and programs of the AADC primarily;
3) memorializing the unparalleled accomplishments of its only Director and lead choreographer for 43 years, appropriately honoring Professor Rosa by officially dedicating and naming the dance studio in the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC) "The Professor Iris Rosa Dance Studio, home of the African American Dance Company”.
We urge you to approve these actions during the current Spring semester, as part of the Farewell Celebration for Prof. Rosa, and her 43rd annual AADC Spring Dance Concert which takes place on April 8, 2017. A group of alumni and friends has already begun raising funds toward ensuring the AADC studio naming, which we requested 3 years ago as part of the AADC 40th Anniversary Reunion and Concert. We will not rest until it is done.
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