Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

The School of Music at the University of Kansas is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its students, faculty, and staff.

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; and
  • 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, and the development of policies that encourage the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from diverse background.

Multicultural Music Scholars Program

The KU School of Music Multicultural Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate music majors from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including students of color, first-generation college students, and students with high financial needs. MSP Scholars in the School of Music receive a renewable scholarship, faculty mentorship, academic support, and a welcoming community. The KU School of Music is dedicated to nurturing and advancing the art of music through excellence in teaching, mentorship, creative endeavors, and research.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Committee

The School of Music DEIB Committee is committed to inclusivity and action. The committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students who are responsible for developing the school's diversity goals and implementing the action(s) needed to make the school more diverse and inclusive. Please contact us to provide feedback or get involved.

Membership is appointed by the Associate Dean of DEIB. Appointed members serve for a term of two years. The committee will meet no less than twice a semester to oversee and discuss all relevant DEIB initiatives and matters related to the action plan within the School of Music. The committee recognizes that diversity is an evolving concept, which involves a variety of identities, perspectives, experiences, and actions. As such, we are committed to broadening our views and practices as they become vital to the mission of our School.

Committee Members 2021-2022


Music & DEIB Events


Take Action to Build Inclusive Environments

It is important to report issues and seek advice in order for us to 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. We encourage you to connect with us, as well as others on campus to report issues and seek support.