The Fence


The Fence invites the audience to observe members of a department's executive committee as they meet to discuss whether one of their junior colleagues should be awarded tenure. The committee is split, and arguments are made both for and against the candidate. Providing a "fly-on-the-wall" perspective, the sketch gives audience members a chance to consider the ways that unconscious bias can affect promotion and tenure decisions. Post-show discussion allows audiences to step inside the meeting and think on their feet about ways they might intervene in the scenario they have just seen to create a fairer tenure process for the candidate. This sketch was commissioned by the U-M ADVANCE Program.

The typical session length is 90-120 minutes.


What people have said about The Fence:

"This presentation and discussion encouraged me to think a lot more about the importance of intervening early in discussions to focus and frame the issues that should (and should not) be included in a meeting."

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