Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
At UVMC we value diversity and work to create an inclusive, equitable environment that feels welcoming, especially to people who have been historically marginalized. Music education is at its best when we recognize, engage with, and celebrate the diverse music we make; when we make music with a diverse group of people; and when everyone feels a sense of belonging.
UVMC’s Strategic Plan includes goals to increase access to music education and to pursue diversity within our organization. These established goals provide a framework for us to take steps here at UVMC, and we are committed to more action and growth. Our recent initiatives listed below represent part of the organization’s ongoing work. If you are interested in learning more about this work or participating in the conversation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and Staff Conversations
UVMC hosts an ongoing faculty and staff discussion series to give our team the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues and learn. Recent conversation topics have included “creating welcoming space,” “equity vs. equality,” and “repertoire diversity.”
Governance Matters: Reconciling DEI Values, Intentions, and Impact
In Fall 2022, UVMC initiated a partnership with Lebanon Opera House and AVA Gallery and Art Center to host a workshop for arts nonprofit leaders on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. More than 50 board members and staff from 12 Upper Valley nonprofits attended the event, with support from Hypertherm and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Attendees reconvened in Spring 2023 to ask questions, share updates, and plan a regular series of meetings to foster ongoing dialogue and partnership.
Faculty Professional Development
Recognizing the value of lifelong learning, UVMC offers professional development opportunities for our faculty to expand their pedagogical toolbox with diverse repertoire choices. Most recently, UVMC hosted a four week Zoom class for faculty, staff, board members, and members of the music education community titled ‘Introduction to Black Classical Composers & Musicians.’ Guest teacher Chenoa Murphy gave an introduction to the lives and musical contributions of composers of African descent.
In a partnership with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble’s Mexican Composer Project, UVMC faculty met with a group of Mexican composers to learn about their work. Both projects support faculty’s ability to incorporate more diverse musical selections into their teaching and into their own performance repertoire.