School Culture, Equity, and Diversity Advisory Committee

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Established in January of 2019, the purpose of the School Culture, Equity, and Diversity Advisory Committee (SCED) is to consider ways in which to promote the equity and diversity of the Frost School of Music, as well as contribute to a positive academic climate and school culture.

The SCED examines guidelines and procedures concerning school culture, equity, and diversity of the Frost School and make recommendations to the Frost School Council. The Frost School Council shares these recommendations with the Dean. These issues include the following: a) a culture of shared governance between Frost School Council and the Frost Administration, b) open, safe, and transparent communication among students, faculty, administration, and professional staff, c) priorities and goals concerning gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, race, and disability among students, faculty, administration, and professional staff, d) training programs in school culture, equity, and diversity for administration, faculty, and staff, e) a positive working environment, including examination of salary gender equity, and musicians’ health initiatives, and f) opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation among programs.

Resources

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates  
Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Dog Whistle Politics by Ian Lopez  
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi   
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire   
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi   
The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee  
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates  
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Past Events

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  • February 9, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EDT

    Music, Memory, Monuments: A Roundtable Discussion on Historical Names and Symbols

    Since the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, there has been a heightened awareness in the United States of racism, white supremacy, and the destructive inequalities that have long plagued our institutions of higher learning. As part of the University of Miami’s efforts to advance racial justice, President Frenk formed a special committee last fall to review the naming and/or un-naming of campus buildings and spaces. Given our understanding that racist caricatures and demeaning stereotypes were used to promote and sell Henry Fillmore’s trombone compositions, the Frost School Culture, Equity, and Diversity Advisory Committee has called for the renaming of Fillmore Band Hall, one of our School’s most utilized rehearsal spaces. But calls to rename campus buildings and the outrage over recent acts of race-related violence are not reactions to novel phenomena. Rather, these connected concerns fit within a long history of grappling with social injustices that are systemic and ongoing.   

    This moderated roundtable discussion explores the interplay of music, memory, and monuments—a trifecta of concerns centered on music as a tool for commemorating, celebrating, and challenging complex and often problematic historical narratives. As music students, teachers, and practitioners, how might we best come to terms with musical “flags” and symbols of an inglorious past tied to canonic repertories and/or “beloved” historical figures? In light of first amendment freedoms, how do we position ourselves in relation to cultures of cancellation and/or historical “erasure”? And what pedagogical and/or performative interventions, if any, should we be making as we strive towards the ideals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging both in the Frost School and our broader communities?

  • June 17, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT

    The first Town Hall was for current Frost students. More than 150 participated and submitted thoughtful, and provoking questions, comments, and suggestions, some of which our panel was able to respond to in real-time, and some were not able to be addressed during the time frame. However, the comments and questions are being shared throughout the faculty and staff leadership of the school who are helping to plan sustained short-term and long-term initiatives. For this, we are grateful.

    This town hall was initially planned for alumni only, but in a revised format we are including alumni, students, faculty, and staff. In this session, we will take our lead from alumni, as your insights, thoughts, comments, and suggestions will be invaluable to our improvement. Let us know what we can do better, and how our systems and structures can better engender trust, inclusion, and wellbeing.

  • June 10, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Frost School of Music acknowledges and condemns the legacy of racism, values the dignity of all life, and stands in solidarity with the black community. We are committed to co-creating a caring, equitable, and compassionate world through sustainable long-term structures of curriculum, programming, and a culture that continues to raise awareness and learning of black lives because they matter. 

    We support digging deep, listening deep, and understanding, followed by action. As a first step, the Frost School invites you to a private virtual town hall, Undoing Racism: Frost Listens.

    As the first in a series, this is exclusively for current and new Frost students.