Committee on Inclusion and Diversity

Formed in August 2020, the Music Department's Committee on Inclusion and Diversity comprises faculty and student representatives.

Committee Members

  • Ellie M. Hisama, Chair (Professor of Music, Music Theory & Historical Musicology; Member, Committee on Equity and Diversity, Arts & Sciences)
  • Lauren Bernard (Graduate student representative, Historical Musicology; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Organization of Music Graduate Students)
  • Alessandra Ciucci (Assistant Professor of Music & Area Chair, Ethnomusicology)
  • Julia Doe (Assistant Professor of Music & Area Chair, Historical Musicology)
  • George E. Lewis (Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Historical Musicology & Area Chair, Composition)
  • Paisley Smith (Undergraduate student representative, Barnard College)
  • Benjamin Steege (Associate Professor of Music & Area Chair, Music Theory)
  • Ana María Ochoa Gautier (Professor of Music and Department Chair, ex officio, Ethnomusicology)


The Department’s new Committee on Inclusion and Diversity was formed in August 2020. Ellie Hisama (Theory/Historical Musicology) chairs the committee, which includes each of the four area chairs (Alessandra Ciucci, Ethnomusicology; Julia Doe, Historical Musicology; George E. Lewis, Composition/Historical Musicology; Benjamin Steege, Theory) and students Paisley Smith (Barnard ’21) and Lauren Bernard (PhD student in Historical Musicology). The committee  explores ideas about inclusion, diversity, and equity from undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty. Every member of the department is welcome to contact any member of the committee. Smith conducted an informative survey of music majors and concentrators that highlighted their observations and hopes regarding diversity in the department. The Organization of Music Graduate Students for which Bernard serves as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer organized three Equity Workshops for the Department, which took place in Fall 2020.

Our goals and activities this year include establishing a web presence with a calendar of events and setting our activities.  We are discussing the CID’s potential involvement in three A&S initiatives: (1) faculty hiring; (2) IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategies), a new program that focuses on department-specific questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (3) and the Graduate Equity Initiative (GEI), a new five-year, $6 million program designed to encourage innovative thinking to improve the climate of the institution, increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in graduate school, and facilitate their progress through the degree programs and into their careers.

This webpage will also highlight department events and funding opportunities related to our charge.


Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia's Computer Music Center

April 9 - April 10, 2021; Virtual event at 1:00pm (EDT) Friday and 9:00am (EDT) Saturday

Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia's Computer Music Center is a first step focusing on the legacy of women who have studied and worked at the renowned Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (renamed the Computer Music Center in 1996). The project includes three parts: a two-day symposium (April 9-10, 2021), a podcast series, and a concert in Fall 2021.

Unsung Stories highlights the work of women, including the work of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ composers and musicians at the Center, examining how institutional networks and intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, and other identifications impacted the daily work, modes of interaction, and visibility of women composers at the CPEMC/CMC historically and in the field more broadly. It features panels and roundtables with over thirty composers/sound artists, and scholars who will discuss the lineage, musical excellence, experience, and visibility of the diverse women who have worked at the Center from the 1950s to its recent history.

Click here to register for the symposium.

Norma Beecroft, Eve Beglarian, Hannah Bosma, Kitty Brazelton, Courtney Bryan, Kamari Carter, Seth Cluett, Brigid Cohen, Cathy Cox, Teresa Díaz de Cossio, Zosha Di Castri, Natacha Diels, Brad Garton, Bob Gluck, Mara Helmuth, Ellie M. Hisama, Yvette Janine Jackson, Miki Kaneda, Roshanak Kheshti, Judy Klein, Yuriko Hase Kojima, Sky Macklay, Miya Masaoka, Joyce Solomon Moorman, Frances Morgan, Matthew D. Morrison, Katharina Rosenberger, Daria Semegen, Alice Shields, Pril Smiley, Ebonie Smith, Danielle Sholmit Sofer, Laurie Spiegel, Michael Sy Uy, Asha Tamirisa, Sondra Woodruff, Nina Young

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
The Center for Science and Society
The Committee on Equity and Diversity
The Department of Music
The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music
The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
The Computer Music Center
The Sound Art Program
Barnard Center for Research on Women

We Have to Reimagine: A Conversation About Anti-Asian Racism/Violence

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

The title for this panel takes as its inspiration the words of philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs (Barnard College '35). In her call for visionary organizing, she remarked, "We have to reimagine." This interdisciplinary panel will address the historical roots and current manifestations of anti-Asian racism and violence in our collective efforts to reimagine. For more information, visit the link below.

Online panel, free and open to the public.


Funding Opportunities

Committee on Equity and Diversity (CED) Diversity Matters | Equity and Diversity Activities Grants Program (deadline Monday, 29 March 2021)

The Equity and Diversity Activities Grants Program of the Committee on Equity and Diversity encourages and supports initiatives that highlight the benefits and value of diversity to academic excellence and that help create and sustain an inclusive community. Faculty members, departments, centers, and institutes are encouraged to apply for funding to cover costs associated with special events, speakers, workshops, or programs that help advance A&S efforts toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate. Programs that are open to more than one unit within A&S are encouraged, as are programs open to multiple groups, including faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and/or staff members.

Examples of prior programs can be found here.

Applications are accepted for:

  • Special events featuring a guest speaker or panel discussion
  • Professional development workshops or programs related to increasing and sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Initiatives to improve inclusion and diversity in foundational or gateway courses
  • Collaborative Reading Groups on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a duration of 1-2 semesters
  • Intergroup Dialogue programs addressing issues of identity, bias, inclusion, and community building that span demographic and/or role (i.e., faculty, student, staff) boundaries
  • Other events or programs responsive to this Request for Proposals

For details, please see the Request for Proposals. Applications are due on March 29th and should be submitted via our online portal. Awards will be announced before the end of the semester.

Please message Natalie Nevárez, Ph.D. at nt2569 [at] if you have any questions.