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. Recognizing that diversity has many aspects, our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming.
By focusing on Diversity as one of the five strategic pillars of the Breakthrough Plan, Peabody is beginning to effect change. The 2020-21 academic year sees the most diverse campus community in Peabody’s history, with 14% of the faculty being underrepresented minority individuals, up from 6.5% four years ago. Likewise, the number of underrepresented minority Conservatory students has grown to 123 students, which is 17% of the total student body and more than double the number of underrepresented minority students in 2015.
Read more about diversity initiatives at Peabody below, and get the most recent news in updates to the Breakthrough Plan.
In fall 2020, Peabody established the Anti-racism & DEI Steering Committee, with a charge to oversee, advise, and ensure transparency and accountability for ongoing and new efforts in anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion at Peabody. At the same time, the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Task Force has been charged with expanding the range and depth of creative voices represented in professional training for musicians and dancers. Both groups build on the progress made by the Peabody Diversity Pathway Task Force, originally established in January 2016.
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 Peabody 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.
In January 2020, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Peabody a multi-year grant of $1 million to support Peabody’s role in the inaugural Baltimore-Washington Musical Pathways (BWMP) collaborative initiative. The BWMP seeks to diversify the landscape of the American classical music field, and unites the Peabody Institute and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with other affiliated partners in working jointly to improve pathways for student musicians from historically underrepresented communities.
The BWMP builds on existing Peabody programs to expand access to the arts, including Tuned-In, the Estelle Dennis/Peabody Dance Training Program for Boys, and Junior Bach. These and other programs are part of Peabody’s work to create a continuum of finding and nurturing young artists of color.
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.
The Student Activities Office supports and sponsors a variety of activities to foster awareness, inclusion, and active discussion. The office also provides support and resources for student organizations including the Peabody Black Student Union and La Obra, the Latinx Student Union.
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.
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.
Peabody Preparatory alumnus and founder and president of the Sphinx Organization Aaron Dworkin was Dean Bronstein’s featured guest for an October 10, 2016, Dean’s Symposium. Dworkin discussed the “standard of excellence” in classical music, and how we must interpret this excellence to include the diversity of our full community. Dworkin was also featured on WYPR’s Midday Segment with Tom Hall and Kathleen Cahill discussing steps major national orchestras and other arts institutions must take to ensure racial diversity, equity, and inclusion.