Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Texas Tech University School of Music
The Texas Tech University (TTU) School of Music (SOM) is committed to the highest levels of artistic and academic expression as part of a distinguished academic institution dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion for all of our faculty, staff, and students. Aspects of diversity include, but are not limited to, race, color, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity is an integral component of the music making process and we are committed to maintaining a multicultural environment that is inclusive of all.
One of the strengths of our program is the diversity of our SOM community. The TTU SOM, an acclaimed institution for the study of music in all genres and representative of different cultures, has educated and shaped the careers of countless music educators, performers, and scholars who are leaders around the globe. Our students, who represent approximately 23 different states and 30 different countries, have chosen to be members of our SOM community knowing they will benefit from the personal attention of a world-class faculty, a culturally varied ensemble program, and the broad academic offerings of a Carnegie Tier One 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, educational, ethnic, linguistic, and musical backgrounds from across the globe.
In addition to diversity, inclusion is an important aspect in the field of education and for our SOM. To be inclusive is to provide all individuals with access to and participation in all SOM classes, ensembles, organizations, and events. In the creative arts and education, it has been proven that culturally inclusive approaches promote a spirit of community, leadership, and innovation. In the context of an interdisciplinary college, the SOM and the people it serves represent inclusivity in all that is provided and experienced within our program.
In short, diversity and inclusion enable institutions and the various communities within those institutions to grow stronger and to become the type of communities that contribute to the positive transformation of local and global societies. Therefore, we actively work toward placing a high value on building and continually supporting internationally and locally diverse communities, which enable us to develop future music educators, performers, and scholars who contribute to the establishment of world-class programs both here and abroad.