The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University values diversity and inclusion. We are committed to a climate of mutual respect and civility among members of our community. Peabody recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity. Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming.
Diversity is one of the five strategic pillars of the Breakthrough Plan at Peabody, and our focus in this area is beginning to effect change. We begin the 2018-19 academic year with the most diverse faculty in Peabody’s history, with nearly 13 percent of the faculty being underrepresented minorities, up from 7 percent only last year. Likewise, our incoming Conservatory class represents a 29 percent increase in underrepresented minority students from three years ago. Read more about diversity initiatives at Peabody below, and get the most recent news in updates to the Breakthrough Plan.
I write to you today on a topic of central importance to Peabody and its long-term objectives, specifically to provide an update on various initiatives related to diversity and inclusion that have been in the works and are now moving forward.
The Peabody Diversity Pathway Task Force was formed some 18 months ago in order to more effectively address important issues around diversity and inclusion at Peabody. Read more…
The Peabody Diversity Pathway Task Force, established in January 2016, is charged with examining Peabody’s current state of diversity and establishing a long-term plan which addresses the diversity pipeline for students, faculty, and staff, fostering an ongoing conversation about the culture of diversity at Peabody and in the world of classical music. Sub-committees have been established in three areas of focus: Pipeline and Student Recruitment; Curriculum & Programming; and Climate/Inclusion & Cultural Competency.
The Johns Hopkins University launched Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI) in November 2015 to locate, attract, and retain the best and most talented faculty, representing a broad diversity of backgrounds, thought, and experiences. The Peabody Institute’s Divisional Action Plan outlines Peabody’s strategies to achieve faculty diversity goals.
In addition, academic departments may receive grant funding to support diversity and inclusion activities such as visits to campus by guest lecturers, presenters, or performers. Department chairs may contact the office of the Senior Associate Dean for Institute Studies for Departmental Diversity Development Grant information and applications.
Rheda Becker and Bob Meyerhoff have made a generous gift of $500,000 to the Peabody Institute supporting initiatives to build diversity in the Institute’s student body, faculty, and staff. Their gift allows the Institute to work on this important issue in a variety of ways, all focused on reaching underrepresented populations and talent regardless of socio-economic level and opportunity.
Programs including Tuned-In, the Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, and Junior Bach are part of Peabody’s work to create a continuum of finding and nurturing young artists of color.
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Johns Hopkins is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve and sustain excellence. We firmly believe that we can best promote excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, faculty and staff and by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of their success. The Diversity Leadership Council provides resources for all Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students.
The Student Activities Office supports and sponsors a variety of activities in cooperation with student groups which foster awareness, inclusion, and active discussion.
The Society of Black Alumni is working to connect current Peabody students with alumni, with the aim of creating resources and relationships to support success.
In the Fall 2016 issue of the Peabody Magazine a feature story discussed new initiatives aiming to expand the pipeline to the podium for more women and people of color.
Peabody Preparatory alumnus and founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, Aaron Dworkin was featured on WYPR’s Midday Segment with Tom Hall and Kathleen Cahill on Oct. 10. Mr. Dworkin discussed steps major national orchestras and other art institutions must take to ensure racial diversity, equity, and inclusion. Mr. Dwokin also lead a talk at the Dean’s Symposium on Oct. 10, discussing the “standard of excellence” in classical music, and how we must interpret this “excellence” to include the diversity of our full community.
Over the past year, there has been so much public attention focused on the unmet needs and lack of options for Baltimore’s youth, and rightly so. It’s a huge and critical challenge. The simple fact is that the systemic issues that have marginalized so many of our city’s young people require many different kinds of solutions. As our city and community look to find and craft those solutions, the impact of music programs demonstrates the difference that music and the arts can make in the lives of young people. Read more…
Keep up to date with Peabody faculty, students, and alumni and the diversity initiatives they are involved in.