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TTU School of Music - Diversity Statement

TTU School of Music
Diversity Statement

The TTU School of Music is committed to the highest levels of artistic and academic expression as part of a distinguished academic institution committed to promoting diversity and inclusion. We believe that diversity is an integral component to the music making process and we are committed to maintaining a multicultural environment that is open to all. Diversity includes race, color, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

One of the most acclaimed institutions for the study of music in all genres, the TTU School of Music has educated and shaped the careers of countless performers, scholars, and music educators who are leaders around the globe. Our students from 23 states and more than 30 countries choose Lubbock as a first-choice destination knowing that they will benefit from the personal attention of a world-class faculty a culturally diverse ensemble program and the broad academic offerings of a major research university. Strengthened by a culturally diverse faculty and student body, the TTU School of Music brings together performers, scholars, teachers, and learners representing diverse cultural, musical and educational background from six continents and several languages. In the context of an interdisciplinary College, the SOM's people, topics, events, audiences, and mission are a literal embodiment of inclusive excellence in thinking, doing, and communicating.1

As with all artistic endeavors, the SoM knows how strength in diversity is essential to a nonprofit's ability to achieve social impact. At the same time commitment to diversity also requires sustainability, comprehensive assessment, adequate resources, and capacity for faculty/staff engagement.2 These are key ingredients essential to ensuring a sustainable, responsive culture of transparent communication, opportunity and awareness.

In the creative arts, education, and today's finest business solutions it has been proven how divergent and culturally inclusive approaches promote a spirit of partnership, leadership and innovation. In short, diversity makes organizations, and orchestras grow stronger, and ultimately it is the robust organizations who transform the world. Therefore, we place a high value on building international and locally diverse teams. Building effective teams ensures we can innovate better solutions and create game-changing results.

1 Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, writing in the Chronicle, suggests that to invite “people…from diverse parts of society and to educate them in that context…the very essence of what we mean by a liberal or humanistic education.” of diversity within faculty and staff as well as within course content and call for “exploring the interconnectedness of faculty and diversity inside and outside the learning and research process.” TTU's own multicultural core requirement states that: “Students graduating from TTU should be able to demonstrate awareness and knowledge of distinctive cultures or sub-cultures – including but not limited to – ethnicity, gender, class, political systems, religions, languages, or human geography.”

2 See “Sustainable Inclusive Excellence: a primer.” See “Sketch: A Strategy for Comprehensive Diversity Work and Critical Components of Diversity Capacity.” See “The Reciprocity of Faculty and Diversity”