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. The charge of that group is to examine Peabody’s current state of diversity with a focus on under-represented communities and establish a long-term plan that addresses the diversity pipeline for students, faculty, and staff, and in doing so, foster an ongoing conversation about the culture of diversity at Peabody and in the world of classical music.
In order to facilitate the work of the task force, sub-committees were formed across three areas: Pipeline to Student Recruitment; Curriculum and Programming; and Climate/Inclusion and Cultural Competency. Each group, co-chaired by a member of the administration, a faculty member, and a student, was charged with making a series of recommendations to the task force for consideration. The following is a brief update on action steps and specific initiatives currently underway, including those emerging from the various work groups.
Faculty, Staff, and Programming Diversity
These points are not intended to be comprehensive of all activities ongoing, but rather a review of key initiatives. I would also encourage you to look for more information about Diversity at Peabody at: http://peabody.jhu.edu/explore-peabody/our-vision/diversity-at-peabody/.
I am grateful to the members of the Peabody Diversity Pathway Task Force and all other members of our community who have been part of this important conversation and the development of action steps now and in the future.