Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

our ongoing commitment to Diversity, equity, and Inclusion

The School of Music (SoM) is committed to supporting students from under-represented and marginalized groups. We acknowledge that our faculty, staff, and students continue at different points along a path to equity. We recognize that we must do the work and show our work as we move along that path to achieve our goals. To that end, we will use this section of our website to share our plans, progress, news of our activities upcoming and past, and eventually our DEI strategic action plan. Our strategic action plan will be developed with the cooperation and participation of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration.


Outline of plans

  • Currently, areas of the SoM are looking at existing practices with attention towards what we are already doing to promote DEI as well as initial efforts that can be implemented in the short term. These efforts have resulted in programming and inviting more diverse guests for performances and lectures, and in increasing the programming of works by underrepresented groups

  • During the spring semester of 2021, we are holding town halls to allow students and alumni to share with us their experiences in the School of Music. These town halls will take place with a facilitator to allow for better communication between students/alumni and the faculty/staff of the SoM. Town halls will start the week of 3/22/21 with a student town hall. An announcement will go out to students with details of the meeting

  • Following the town halls and continuing in academic year 2021-2022, a task force of faculty and staff will evaluate the feedback we receive from students and alumni, along with efforts already underway by faculty and staff to create a DEI Strategic Action Plan for the School of Music. The plan will be published on our website. It will contain goals with associated target dates and implementation strategies, as well as an assessment plan and schedule for public reporting.



Land acknowledgment is a process by which individuals are prompted to consider the history of the space they currently inhabit.

We would like to recognize that Western Michigan University is located on lands historically occupied by Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadmi nations. Please take a moment to acknowledge and honor this ancestral land of the Three Fires Confederacy, the sacred lands of all indigenous peoples, and their continued presence.