Diversity at Eastman

Eastman Diversity Award

The annual Eastman Diversity Award was created in the spring of 2018 to recognize contributions from members of the Eastman community to diversity efforts. The initial award was given to a senior faculty member, the first chair of the Diversity Committee; the second award went to two PhD students for their leadership of a diversity initiative as part of a national conference of two combined disciplinary organizations, the Society for Music Theory (SMT) and American Musicological Society (AMS). The 2020 award was given to a junior faculty member in ethnomusicology whose impact is already noted by students and colleagues. Nominations are solicited from students, faculty, and staff in the spring semester. Nominations are reviewed by a committee comprising the previous recipient, the co-chairs of the Diversity Committee, the Director of the Eastman Community Music School, and the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs. This award is given at a May recognition event.


2021 Winners: Brianna Garcon and Travon Walker

For their significant contributions to the Eastman Action Commission for Racial Justice.

Brianna Garcon Travon Walker

2020 Winner: Anaar Desai-Stephens

In recognition of her pedagogy and advocacy for equity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the Eastman community and beyond.

Anaar Desai-Stephens


2019 Winners: Alissandra Reed and Catrina Kim

For their record as founding members of a national professional initiative named Project Spectrum.

Alissandra Reed and Catrina Kim with Katherine Ciesinski


2018 Winner: Elizabeth Marvin

In recognition of her sustained commitment to diversity and equity in our community.

Elizabeth Marvin