Our Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh aims to dynamically embrace diversity, equity, and inclusivity as core values. We recognize that creation of such an inclusive climate is of necessity a work in progress, one that requires ongoing structural reform rather than additive adjustments. To this end, we pledge to engage proactively in the work of combating inequity in our community, and we encourage participation by all members of the department – faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students – in cultivating a caring and supportive community bonded by mutual respect.

We strive to conceive of diversity in the broadest terms possible, including gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, race, age, disability, culture, nationality, religious affiliation or lack thereof, and economic situation. The musics we study and create are similarly wide-ranging. We are dedicated to advancing an artistic and intellectual climate where people with wildly divergent aesthetics, ideas, and ways of being may converse freely with one other, and those who have been historically excluded along vectors of difference are safe from hate speech or discrimination.

We firmly believe that these core values are structurally essential parts of the creation, performance, and study of music, and we are committed to fostering an environment where all feel welcomed, respected, and heard.

The Department of Music has adopted the WE HAVE VOICE Code of Conduct: https://too-many.org/

Learn more about our DEI Committee.