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

Members-at-Large

Bryon Black Kenneth McCorvey
Theron Brown Kent McWilliams
Chris Coles Diane Rechner
Mel Fucci Adam Roberts
Tahira Habeeb Robert Selvaggio
Wendy Matthews Amitai Vardi

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

Virtual Panel: Focus on Black Artists and Their Paths
Friday, Oct. 9, 1:10-2 p.m.
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KSU Orchestra Virtual Concert 1
Sunday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.
Works by Bach, Elgar, and John Bologne, Chevalier de Saint Georges (first known classical composer of African descent) 
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DEI Convocation Series: Opening Event
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12-1 p.m.
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Mark Lomax hosted by Dr. Adam Roberts
Monday, Oct. 26, 5:30-7 p.m.
"Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator. A highly sought-after lecturer, Lomax specializes in the socio-political and spiritual aspects of African-American art music, race, and the usage of the arts to build community."
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KSU Orchestra Virtual Concert 2
Sunday, Nov. 8, 3 p.m.
Featuring "Mother and Child" by William Grant Still
“It has been equally a pleasure and a challenge to be colored and to be composing serious music in the United States: a pleasure, because it is exciting to be competing in a new field; a challenge, because there are always problems to be met and conquered.” - William Grant Still, 1955
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DEI Convocation Series: Roundtable Panel Discussion
Friday, Nov. 13, 12 p.m.

From the DEI Taskforce:

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce invites you to participate in our second event - a roundtable discussion featuring School of Music faculty conversing about how we can, and we should, move the needle forward in our School in terms of DEI. The roundtable will be moderated by Daniel Diaz Nilsson - Director, Office of Diversity Outreach & Development, College of EHHS. SoM panelists will include Adam Roberts, Bobby Selvaggio, Janine Tiffe, Kent McWilliams, Mel Fucci, and Wendy Matthews.

We hope you will join us for a robust discussion and participate with your questions!
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KSU Gospel Choir and African Ensemble Virtual Concert
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
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Jazz Studies Virtual Concert
Friday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
Performance featuring interviews from faculty and students discussing the social and cultural context of the music performed through the lens of the Black American musician. 
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