Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating diversity and the principles of equal opportunity for all are fundamental to all areas of MDI’s work.  We are committed to ensuring an inclusive and accessible environment for our staff, artists, participants and audiences.

MDI is a strategic dance organisation with a local, national and international reputation for supporting, creating and producing a programme and events that draws on staff, artists, participants and audience from many social, educational and cultural backgrounds.  

The ethos and values of MDI are concerned with being people centred; inclusive and providing good work as well as having social purpose, principles which underpin how the organisation operates and influence the way people work within it. 

In compliance with the Equality Act 2010, we commit to:

  • Eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Advancing equality of opportunity
  • Fostering good relations between diverse groups  

We recognise the need to further our understanding of the rich diversity of people who make up our MDI community, and to continue to be responsive to the diverse needs of our staff, artists, participants and audiences.

Our Commitment to Race Equality

The killing of George Floyd in May 2020 amplified the call for racial justice.  Along with our fellow cultural organisations across the city, we committed to allyship, learning, listening, taking action and speaking out against racism. 

Actions currently being taken:

  • We are currently reviewing our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Monitoring processes.
  • We are creating a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, in consultation with an independent EDI specialist.
  • We have signed up for Inc Arts Unlock, which gives arts organisations practical steps to take anti-racist action.
  • Team members took part in EDI and Unconscious Bias online training during lockdown
  • Team will take part in an upcoming Equality, Diversity and Inclusion away day
  • We are creating a staff resource of books, links and courses so team members are able to self-educate

Our membership of the LARC (Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium) and COoL (Creative Organisations of Liverpool) collectives ensures that we, along with 37 other arts organisations based in the Liverpool City Region are committed to diversity, inclusion, collaborative best practice and meaningful change across the creative sector. Read our collective statement.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy  

Our Policy (currently under review) is endorsed at the highest level and outlines the organisation’s commitment to equality and its expectations that all staff apply the principles in their own areas of work.

The Policy covers areas within race equality legislation and other areas of unlawful discrimination.  It is distributed throughout the organisation to all staff and our Board.

Equality objectives: 

  • Retaining and developing staff
  • Retaining and developing practicing artists 
  • Working with participants
  • Working with Audiences
  • Governance
  • Marketing 
  • Recruitment
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Duties of equality:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation; 
  • Advance equality of opportunity; 
  • Foster good relations between diverse groups. 

Protected characteristics 

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Religion and belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity/paternity
  • Marriage and civil partnership 

Aims

MDI wishes to act to make our policy fully effective with the following aims: 

  • MDI will work to ensure that no employee, job applicant, current or prospective user of its services is placed at a disadvantage by reason of race, colour, national origins, culture, gender, marital status, disability, class, sexual orientation, age, trade union activities and political or religious beliefs, or by requirements or conditions which cannot be shown to be justifiable on other grounds.
  • MDI will ensure employees, job applicants, and board members demonstrate an ability to understand and implement the policy at a level and in a manner appropriate to the work undertaken.
  • MDI will give employees and board members special training and encouragement to achieve equal opportunity within the organisation.