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

  • George E. Lewis, Chair (Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Historical Musicology & Area Chair, Composition)
  • Lauren Bernard (Graduate student representative, Historical Musicology; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Organization of Music Graduate Students)
  • Susan Boynton (Professor of Music & Area Chair, Historical Musicology)
  • Alessandra Ciucci (Assistant Professor of Music & Area Chair, Ethnomusicology)
  • Benjamin Steege (Associate Professor of Music & Area Chair, Music Theory)


The Department’s Committee on Inclusion and Diversity was formed in August 2020. In 2021-22, George Lewis (Composition/Historical Musicology) chairs the committee, which includes each of the four area chairs (Alessandra Ciucci, Ethnomusicology; Susan Boynton, Historical Musicology; Benjamin Steege, Theory) and students (Lauren Bernard, 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. In 2020-21, undergraduate member Paisley Smith (Barnard College class of 2021) 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 Lauren Bernard (Historical Musicology) serves as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer organized three Equity Workshops for the Department, which took place in Fall 2020.

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.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publishing from the Perspectives of Editors and Authors

Monday, October 18, 2021, 5-7 pm

The first of three workshops on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Editing and Publishing of Peer-Reviewed Journals supported by the Committee on Equity and Diversity, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

PanelistsSusan Boynton (organizer), coeditor of Gesta; Callum Blackmore, editor of Current MusicologyAlex Gil and Kaiama Glover, coeditors of archipelagosSeth Kimmel, Elisabeth Ladenson, and Pier Mattia Tommasino (Romanic Review); and Michelle Wilson (Digital Publishing, Columbia University Libraries)

Drawing on their experience with journals in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as editors and publishers, panelists will discuss the process of double-blind peer review (as well as other forms of review), the intellectual labor involved, the roles and compositions of editorial boards, and what authors need to know about how to submit their work and the stages of publication (as well as the costs authors typically bear for permissions to reproduce images or texts). The presentations will address the ethical expectations of authors and peer reviewers and issues concerning languages of publication.

Sponsors: Diversity Matters program of the Arts and Sciences; Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.  Image credit: archipelagos presents Mapping the Haitian Revolution.

Subsequent workshops will take place in February and April 2021.

Workshop 2 (February) Views from the Inside: Presentations will focus on the mechanics, ethics, and economics of journal publishing, including the organization and distribution of labor within journal publications; the many people involved in editing and production; the costs of processes; the roles and challenges of digital platforms; the respective advantages and disadvantages of open access vs. firewall, etc. The workshop will also discuss the relationships between journals and their sponsoring or hosting institutions.

Workshop 3 (April): Working towards Equity and Inclusion in Journal Publication: What does it take to make journal publishing function more inclusively and transparently? In this workshop, participants will discuss their perspectives on future paths for greater equity and inclusion in authorship, the division of labor, peer review, the constitution of editorial boards, and consider the ways in which journals can foster the diversity of all participants. Presenters will address the ways in which institutional contexts (universities, university presses, scholarly societies) shape journal operations, and consider how the relationships between journals and institutions can lead to support for enhanced inclusion and equity.

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.