Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Glauser School DEI Task Force Information and Resource Center

Mission, Vision, Purpose Membership 401 Years & Counting Events


Mission

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force will lead the Glauser School's efforts to increase diverse representation, create and sustain equality of opportunity, and intentionally foster an inclusive and equitable environment. 

Vision

We envision a School of Music that empowers individuals, expands opportunities, and meaningfully honors all voices.

Purpose

To cultivate a safe, diverse community, and harness its power for change.

Strategic Priorities

  • Enhance Climate – To ensure a climate where all students, faculty, and staff can thrive, survive, and flourish.
  • Cultivate Equity – Cultivate attitudes, systems, and structures that promote equitable decisions and practices.
  • Promote Inclusion – Engage all members in building an inclusive community where everyone knows that they are valued

Membership

Kishna Fowler & Janine Tiffe, co-chairs
kfowle11@kent.edujtiffe@kent.edu 

Members-at-Large

Bryon Black Kenneth McCorvey
Theron Brown Kent McWilliams
Chris Coles Alexis Hilll (graduate student)
Mel Fucci Adam Roberts
Tahira Habeeb Bobby Selvaggio
Wendy Matthews Amitai Vardi
Saraina Wise (undergraduate student) Dan Wilson
Rodney Hubbard Andrew Paa

2020-21: 401 Years and Counting

A concert season emphasizing Black, African and African Diaspora music and musicians. Throughout, we will explore the history and impact of racial oppression in America and music as well as celebrate the rich musical offerings by Black and African American creators.


Events

 

DEI Events | Spring 2021

Kent Keyboard Series III
Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m.
Featuring Kent State piano students performing music of the African Diaspora.

Watch Live-only


Guest Speaker: Vijay Iyer, Ph.D.
Presented by the Glauser School DEI Task Force
Friday, March 5, 12 p.m.

Iyer is a composer-pianist who holds a lifetime appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts at Harvard University, with a joint affiliation with the Department of Music and the Department of African and African American Studies.

Interested Kent State students, faculty and staff can email Janine Tiffe for the meeting link


Guest Speaker: Deidre McPherson
Presented by Delta Omicron
Sunday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.

McPherson director of public programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

RSVP to Jacob Palmer at deltaupsilonofdeltaomicron@gmail.com


Guest Speakers: Sean Jones & Bobby Watson
Presented by Kent State Jazz Studies
Tuesday, March 9, 7 p.m.

  • Jones is a trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and activist. 
  • Watson is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator.

Interested Kent State students, faculty and staff can email Bobby Selvaggio for the meeting link.


Guest Masterclass & Coaching: Etienne Charles
Presented by World Music Society
Thursday, March 25, 1-4 p.m.

An award-winning Trinidadian jazz trumpeter, composer, and scholar with seven albums to his credit.

Links forthcoming!


Celebrating Black Composers and Artists
Saturday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Fusing poetry, dance and music, the New Music Ensemble, directed by Adam Roberts, presents a concert titled "Celebrating Black Composers and Artists." The program includes works by Florence Price, William Grant Still, Anthony Braxton, Jesse Montgomery, and Anthony Green. Poems were curated by the Wick Poetry Center with choreography by the School of Theatre and Dance's Gregory King.

Watch Online

DEI Events | Fall 2020

DEI Music Resources