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Content warning: description of sexual harassment between 9:10 and 10:05 and brief mention of sexual abuse of minors between 24:09 and 24:49.
The best workplaces provide safety and support for their teams: permission to innovate, protection from harassment, support during difficult times, and a safety net for workers. In Episode 5, artists and arts administrators share stories of how their workplaces either provided that safety and support—or didn’t.
Introduction: “Starting From Scratch” with Josh A. Campbell, a curator and engagement and education professional in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Act One: “Breaking The Silence” with Lexis Hamilton, a presenter and program coordinator for the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.
Act Two: “Lifeboat” with DJ Doza The God, an international DJ currently based in Chicago, Illinois.
Act Three: “Strength In Numbers” with Shenea Stiletto, a circus arts advocate in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The Storytellers in this episode:
Josh A. Campbell (Philadelphia, PA), a curator and engagement and education professional who, hired as a new leader of color in an organization, realized the support he expected didn’t exist.
Lexis Hamilton (Laramie, WY), a presenter and program coordinator for the University of Wyoming, who, after being sexually harassed on the job, struggled to regain her confidence.
DJ Doza The God (Chicago, IL), an international DJ and transgender man, whose medical emergency revealed an unexpected community of support.
Shenea Stiletto (Las Vegas, NV), a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member and circus arts advocate, who translated her traumatic experiences into powerful advocacy.
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