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Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Music is committed to fostering inclusion and diversity throughout the school based on equal opportunity, respect and accountability. We strive to create an environment in which every student, faculty and staff member recognizes and values all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, identity expression and sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Music is fully committed to the goals for diversity as outlined in the University of South Carolina's Strategic Priority No. 4: Build Inclusive And Inspiring Communities from Focus Carolina 2023: Excellence Rising

  • Develop programs that promote inclusion
  • Create partnerships and programs that support the success of under-resourced students and underrepresented faculty and staff members
  • Improve communication about diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Deliver biennial assessment and reporting of campus climate
  • Improve diversity of students and faculty and staff members

For achieving its goals, the School of Music has adopted guidelines borrowed from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

1) We will take ownership. We will not assume that everything is fine and that all of the problems are somewhere else. If ignored these may become our problems.

2) We will involve the entire faculty, not just selected individuals. The faculty is the most critical part of the team. Administrations change and students cycle through with regularity. The faculty is more stable and has the greatest influence in hiring/retention of faculty, admission of students and establishment of curriculum.

3) We will engage students. A survey by the American Council on Education indicates that college presidents are putting more emphasis on diversity-related curricular reforms because students say it is important to them.

4) We will have the tough conversations. We are ready to discuss diversity and inclusion issues openly with students, faculty and administration. It is difficult to address student concerns without a full understanding of the underlying issues. We must also realize that it is rarely possible to achieve changes as quickly as students would like. Regular communication is essential at all times.

5) We will hold people accountable. Diversity and inclusion goals do not end with a mission statement. They begin with one. We are in this together. Success or failure is our responsibility.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation or veteran status. The USC Office of Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to creating the most positive and supportive environment possible for students, faculty and staff.