Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, and Access

School of Music Statement on Racial Violence

Friday, June 5, 2020

The KU School of Music acknowledges the pain and anger that communities of color are experiencing as our nation deals with the impact of systemic racism and police brutality. We stand in solidarity with our Black students, their families and the entire African American community in condemning the killings of George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee and the innumerable others from the Black community who have suffered or lost their lives as a result of this brutality. Read more. 


Diversity Statement

The School of Music (“School”) at the University of Kansas is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its students, faculty, and staff. As such the School pledges to:

  • Recognize that diversity in the School’s faculty and staff, classrooms, ensembles, studios, and organizations is critical to maintaining academic and artistic excellence.
  • Provide an equitable and safe environment that embraces and respects all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, disability status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, first-generation status, socio-economic status, citizenship status, national origin, and veteran status.
  • Acknowledge that sustained dedication to these values is only possible through:
  • ongoing professional and personal development in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and social justice[1].
  • the development of policies that encourage the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from diverse background.

Support the KU Multicultural Scholarship Fund

The KU School of Music’s Multicultural Scholars Program supports undergraduate students from under-represented backgrounds, making them a part of a community whose goal is to ensure their academic and career success. Multicultural scholars, who include students of color, first-generation college students, and students with high financial need, have opportunities to develop leadership skills through specially designed academic, social, personal, and career-oriented experiences. During their time at KU, multicultural scholars receive individualized mentoring, four-year renewable scholarships, and participation in regularly scheduled social activities. ​

Donate to the KU Music Multicultural Scholarship Fund to support four-year renewable scholarships.

Diversity Resources

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Multicultural Scholars Program

School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.