Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism

Glauser School DEIA Task Force Information and Resource Center

Mission, Vision, Purpose Membership Events


The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism 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. 


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


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


Kishna Fowler & Janine Tiffe, co-chairs


Amitai Vardi Kenneth McCorvey
Mel Fucci Kent McWilliams
Andrew Le Andrew Paa
Jasmine Hines Adam Roberts
Tahira Habeeb Bobby Selvaggio
Chris Jones Kazadi wa Mukuna
Saraina Wise Perry Roth
Ezra Keeton  



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.

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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 and 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.

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Chris Coles Discusses His "Nine Lives Project"
Friday, April 23, 12 p.m. 

Writing in response to the Charleston church shooting in 2015 and the tragic loss of nine lives, "Nine Lives Project" is an interdisciplinary, multi-movement suite intended to heighten awareness of ongoing racial injustice in the United States. 

Kent State Gospel Choir and African Ensemble
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

A collaborative performance featuring the KSU Gospel Choir, African Ensemble and student dance organization Asé Xpressions. Works by Clayborn, Franklin, Black, Dillard and more to be performed.

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DEI Events | Fall 2020

DEIA Music Resources