Creating Safer Spaces

We are committed to maintaining a dance community that is safe, welcoming and inclusive. As part of that commitment, we have adopted the below anti-harassment policy, and we do not tolerate harassment at our events.
If you have any concerns about something you have experienced or witnessed at a dance event, please let us know – either by contacting us at milehighfusionteam+saferspaces@gmail.com or speaking to an organizer. We take reports of harassment seriously, and we will respond to all reports with respect and confidentiality.
If you have ideas on how we can continue to make our dance community a safer space, please get in touch! You can contact us at milehighfusionteam+saferspaces@gmail.com or via our Facebook page.

Mile High Fusion Anti-Harassment Policy

Mile High Fusion is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming and respectful space for our community members. At all our events, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for every participant, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, physical appearance, body size, age, race or dance ability.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, religion, dance skill level, or dance role.

Harassment is distinguished from violent acts (See the Protocol for Responding to Reports of Violence for Mile High Fusion Policy).

When we are navigating issues of harassment and safety, we should look to these goals to guide our decisions:

Our goals are:

  • To create an environment where our dancers not only feel safe from harassment, abuse, violence, and sexual pressure, but also supports all people having an enjoyable and positive experience.

  • To make it clear to our community that we take safety and freedom from harassment seriously, and that we take accusations of harassment or abuse seriously

  • To minimize occurrences of harassment or violence in our scene.

  • To respond seriously and appropriately if people report harassment or violence.

  • To give those accused of harassment or other inappropriate behavior a chance to understand the problem and change their behavior. (This may not always be possible in the case of egregious incidents.)

  • To act with coherence rather than unilaterally, when responding to complaints. We strive to make sure that the Full Organizing Team is involved with making any major decisions about consequences, and we strive to make sure that Organizers feel that a given complaint – including any consequences for the person the complaint was made against – was handled appropriately.

  • To build a culture of safety and respect. That means:

    • Dancers treat each other with respect and consider it their own responsibility not to make others feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

    • Dancers feel empowered to protect their own boundaries and to do something when their boundaries are violated – whether that means telling an organizer, telling a friend, or talking to the perpetrator themselves.

    • Dancers stand up for the values of tolerance and safety, and help keep our scene free of harassment and abuse.

    • Any would-be harassers know they will not be permitted to harass, abuse or harm other dancers in our scene.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, Mile High Fusion organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expelling the offender from the event with no refund. Egregious behavior or repeated warnings or expulsions may result in expulsion from all events organized by Mile High Fusion.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please talk to an organizer. We take reports of harassment seriously and are committed to responding appropriately and with confidentiality to reports of harassment.

For more in-depth information about Mile High Fusion Safer Spaces policies, please click here.
 
Contact information:
Organizer email: milehighfusionteam+saferspaces@gmail.com
Denver Police and non-emergency: (720) 913-2000
Emergency: 911
Denver cab company: 303-777-7777
 
Last updated March 2018
Attribution: This policy is adapted from the Harassment Response Guidelines distributed by RDU Blues. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA.