Higher education and the arts are beacons of progress in times of social change, and the College of Music is poised to contribute to that story. The college is currently convening faculty, staff, students and alumni to expand and sharpen our collective approach to inclusivity for all, with an emphasis on racial equity and justice.
We're making strides, but we know we must do much more. We invite you to get involved with the college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and check back often.
Questions? Contact Jay Keister.
As we continue to grow our efforts around DEI at the College of Music, five DEI task forces have prepared the following recommendations for improving and expanding our work toward becoming a more diverse and inclusive college:
On Friday, April 12th, the Department of Music Education hosted their Colloquium Series, The Langston Hughes Project, hosted by Dr. Ron McCurdy. This multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz is a "kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite" that discusses the struggle for artistic and social freedom at the beginning of the 1960s. McCurdy dives deeper into this piece within a facilitated discussion with Donna Mejia, Director of Graduate Studies in Dance, and Alma Ramos, Diversity and Outreach Coordinator. View this discussion.
The American Music Research Center (AMRC) is conducting the Soundscapes of the People project to document, preserve and engage diverse musical and cultural influences in and around Pueblo, Colorado. Learn more and support this innovative research effort.
On March 15, 2021, students Bryan Chuan, Er-Hsuan Li, Anastasiia Pavlenko, David Reid, Elizabeth Smith, Angela Schmitt and Boheng Wang presented at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national virtual conference on their work with the Walker Hill Collection. The presentation went phenomenally well and attendees are now requesting access from our own American Music Research Center (AMRC). These students will be presenting virtually again at the Colorado Music Teachers Association (CMTA) in June and the National Conference in Keyboard Pedagogy in August. Alongside the Hidden Voices project, this project has been in the works for more than a year, thanks to the support of a Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant. Jennifer Hayghe is the faculty advisor for the CU Boulder MTNA student chapter and Alejandro Cremaschi has been consistently working on this project with the students. Congrats to all!
Hip-Hop in Times of Pandemic and Protest: The American Music Research Center has put on a series of events each Wednesday during March 2021 to discuss "Hip-Hop in Times of Pandemic and Protest." To learn more about this series, as well as view these engaging discussions, click this link.
Striving for change, equitable learning: As our country faces a renewed awakening around social justice, student leader Asha Romeo joins the call for accountability and equity right here at the College of Music.
Eklund Opera Director Leigh Holman's response to the student call to action.
The College of Music honors and acknowledges that the University of Colorado’s four campuses are on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute, Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pueblo and Shoshone nations. Further, we acknowledge the 48 contemporary tribal nations historically tied to Colorado lands. Official CU Boulder Land Acknowledgement
Inclusivity in action
Our World Music Ensembles bring the music of West Africa, Japan, Latin America and Indonesia to the stage, providing students and audiences with exposure to and appreciation for music outside of the Western tradition.
The Diverse Musicians' Alliance (DiMA) is a group committed to promoting the diversity of music, cultures, ideas and races on the University of Colorado Boulder campus as a whole and specifically at the College of Music.
Diversity programming + support
Explore CU Boulder's campus-level resources and support for diverse individuals.
Networking + communities
Get connected with groups in different areas of campus.
Anti-racism resources (University Libraries)
Read, watch, listen, act, teach, reflect: anti-racism learning + discussion groups, events and related efforts on campus.
BIPOC Composers Project (in partnership with Univeristy Libraries)
The University Library requests submissions of your recommendations for this multi-year project that seeks to develop a collection of circulating scores by Black and indigenous composers, and composers of color.
Crowdsourced community resources
View crowdsourced listings of Boulder-area community resources, including financial resources for students, food and housing assistance, health and wellness, and support for international students, LGBTQIA+, persons of color, persons with disabilities and women in academia.
Timeline: DEI initiatives
- REI Task Force reports are turned in
- Ally Advocacy Committee and Diversity Committee review the reports and begin implementing recommendations
- February 9—Eklund Opera open letter response
- January 8—REI Task Forces member assignments
- January 22—First meeting for the REI Task Forces
Preparation for Racial Equity Issues (REI) Task Forces within the College of Music focused on:
- Co-Curricular Programming
- Student Recruitment
- Faculty Hiring
- November 12—Community session with Donna Mejia and Alma Ramos: DEI training for faculty/staff/students
- October 5—Music Advisory Board diversity training
- October 14—Music Advisory Board DEI&J Task Force
- October 16—College of Music EDI training
- October 23—Open letter town hall
- October 29—College of Music adopts Upward Bound Land Acknowledgement
- September 28—Name change from Racial Equity Issues Steering Committee to Ally Advocacy Committee (AAC)
- August 5—Student and alumni open letter to the College of Music and Theatre & Dance
- August 28—Racial Equity Issues Steering Committee begins
- August 30—Dean Shay response to student and alumni open letter