Diversity Forum: A Report on Field-wide Efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Session Date Start Time End Time Attachments
Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Location: State Ballroom, Fourth Floor

For the past two years, 60 activists in orchestras and music education who are leading groundbreaking work in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) came together at the League’s Conferences in Baltimore and Detroit to actively work on a variety of initiatives to promote a more diverse orchestral workforce. At this year’s Conference, the League has expanded the Diversity Forum into a full DEI track. Open to all Conference attendees, the DEI track aims to engage a wide cross-section of orchestras in DEI content and action.

This particular session will focus on sharing an update on emerging themes from the League’s 2018 DEI listening, learning, and planning process, cross-checking for relevance prior to the creation of a comprehensive report and plan. Programmatic outcomes of the work of the Diversity Task Forces will also be shared. These include efforts around the creation of a regranting program that will support orchestras in accessing DEI consultancy services; and the National Alliance for Audition Support, a consortium program led by Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League to deliver a coordinated and integrated array of support to pre- and early-professional Black and Latinx musicians.

Speakers: Ryan Blocker, program manager, Enrich Chicago; Afa S. Dworkin, president and artistic director, Sphinx Organization; John Damien Keiser, executive vice president and provost, New World Symphony; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras; Nina Sánchez, director, Enrich Chicago; Jessica Schmidt, principal consultant, Orchestrate Inclusion, senior advisor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the League of American Orchestras

This session is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

Made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.