This blog prompt is about additional resources at Juilliard that made a positive impact in my experience within this community. Last November 2017, I was invited to participate in the first Diversity Symposium at the Juilliard School. I decided to attend the event even though it coincided with my only day-off in the week because I felt it was important for me to broaden my awareness about the issues that prevail in the US society being that I was still new to the culture. In addition to increasing my awareness, I also wanted to practice putting my voice in the room and to sharpen my skills in articulating what I observe. Oftentimes, I find that very few people share my perspective as an international student and South Asian in the Juilliard Drama community.
I do not have pictures of the event but I remember it being a good outlet for me to voice out certain observations under conditions with low stakes. It gave me a safe space to put words into unprocessed thoughts that might’ve sparked consequences if I had voiced them unprocessed in my class. That experience helped me get back to my Juilliard Drama circle meetings or community meetings more equipped with how I articulate my thoughts and how I prepare myself to speak when I sense that I will probably be the only one in the room who is thinking what I’m thinking – and to be okay with that too.
REGINA DE VERA