The Department of Music stands in solidarity with the Call for Action put forward by the Black Students Union and a number of student associations on campus. We enacted changes in our grading and course requirements during Spring 2020, which will be extended through Summer. These changes include postponing, waving, and making optional a number of requirements, ultimately resulting in a no-failing environment.
The Department of Music will embrace a renewed commitment to social justice and educational inclusion, focusing especially on the myriad ways in which Black communities have been marginalized throughout the turbulent history of the United States. We will actively be seeking Black artists for the Department of Music events, including our scholarly series, lectures, and concerts in the ARTS facilities, and our electronic music initiatives and songwriting camps at the EARS lab. We cordially invite the BSU and other student associations on campus to be part of this process. By so doing, we will engage with the future, a future in which the contributions of Black composers, scholars, and performers are honored and woven into the essential fabric of our Department.