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.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION
2021 Winners: Brianna Garcon and Travon Walker
For their significant contributions to the Eastman Action Commission for Racial Justice.
2020 Winner: Anaar Desai-Stephens
In recognition of her pedagogy and advocacy for equity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the Eastman community and beyond.