Diversity at Eastman

Diversity at Eastman


The Eastman School of Music seeks to foster a community of musicians of diverse backgrounds and origins by creating an educational experience that is musically, socially and intellectually diverse. Cultivating a culture that embraces and values diversity, from our highest leadership to our newest students, is among our core values. Creating and encouraging an inclusive community enriches the lives of our students, our faculty, our immediate community, and the world of music at large.

On this site, you will find links to the events and resources provided by the Diversity Committee and the Eastman Racial Justice Commission, as well as links to programs, services, and opportunities available through Eastman, the University of Rochester, and the Greater Rochester area.

The Diversity Committee was founded in 2004 by a group of professors led by Dr. Ellen Koskoff, professor of ethnomusicology, to promote greater diversity at Eastman.  It is now among representatives from each of the five schools of the University of Rochester.

The Diversity Committee acts as a coordinator, collaborator and promoter of Diversity-related events and resources available at Eastman, on the River Campus, and in the Greater Rochester area. The Eastman Committee’s initiatives include:

  • Engaging students in a conversation about diversity and its relevance to their present and future lives,
  • Offering faculty members financial assistance  to bring in guest lecturers of diverse backgrounds,
  • Providing relevant educational opportunities and experiences,
  • Assisting administrative efforts to cultivate an environment of thoughtful awareness and tolerance;
  • Encouraging a sense of community built on diverse individual strengths and shared experiences.
  • Creating a supportive atmosphere for our current faculty, staff, and students – one which will welcome future generations, and be a source of pride for all who have ever been affiliated with the Eastman School of Music.

Eastman Action Commission for Racial Justice - Full Report

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