WHO WE ARE
HHSOM Race/Ethnicity: Our Understanding and Actions
The Hugh Hodgson School of Music commits to understanding and changing our role in systemic disadvantaging and reflecting the communities we serve. The following points summarize our understanding of who we are now, guiding us toward who we want to be.
As a part of actionable efforts by the Committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, we are engaging honestly with our data to better serve current and future students. We continue to listen and act to create a community where all feel welcome to live, learn, and make music.
The HHSOM commits to engaging honestly with our data. In addition to facts and figures, this page publishes our understandings and actions. We continue to work toward a community reflective of those we serve, a place where all feel welcome to live, learn, and make music.
HHSOM DEIB Publishes 2021 Demographic Data Update
In 2020/21, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music established a standing committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). To better understand the School, DEIB committed to analyzing and publishing demographic data each academic year. By more thoughtfully understanding the School’s population, we give more context to decisions about our offerings (curriculum, programming, repertoire, etc.), so that we might better reflect the experiences and backgrounds of our current students.
The demographic reports from 2020/21 revealed some inconsistencies in our applications, including options available for students reporting their identities. Many of those issues were updated for 2021 applicants, including adding multi-racial category and updated pronouns. Because of such changes, direct comparison between 2020/21 and 2021/22 data is not possible. But tracking data moving forward will be possible. We hope it will help guide us in cultivating a School of Music community more representative of the populations we serve.
We feel these are important steps in our efforts to create a more equitable place to live, learn, and make music.