The Peabody Institute strives to be a model of an inclusive and equitable performing arts institution by acknowledging, embracing, and engaging diverse identities, perspectives, traditions, and experiences. By making diversity one of the five central pillars of our strategic Breakthrough Plan, Peabody has defined for itself a goal of leading change across an industry that, for too long, has been unwelcoming, exclusionary, and resistant to change. Indeed, those same words could describe Peabody for much of its history.
Peabody seeks to reflect and respond to the unique and changing needs of today’s environment to ensure that all members of our community know with certainty that they belong here. As Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein has emphasized, our focus on creating an ethos of mutual respect and civility – on our campus and across the performing arts industry – requires immediate action. “The need for our field to diversify our administrations, performing rosters, board members, audiences, and more, is urgent,” he wrote in a recent message to the community. “For too long our field has approached this issue as peripheral.”
The Peabody Institute Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) Steering Committee was established in fall 2020 to bring new rigor and heightened visibility to this work, building on the progress made through a number of existing and ongoing initiatives and programs. Recognizing that diversity has many aspects, the committee’s first action step was to create a strategic framework within which Peabody can continue to advance and expand its ADEI efforts. We move forward in five key areas:
There is much to be done and Peabody’s ADEI Steering Committee has undertaken this work with a commitment to transparency, accountability, and action. Please see the committee’s newsletter and highlights of our institutional work in advancing ADEI for more details.
Do you have feedback or questions for the ADEI Steering Committee? Use the form below to get in contact with the team.