Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

BKCM is currently engaged in a process of honestly and critically examining how we can more fully integrate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into our organization.

Our strategic plan identifies BKCM’s need to transform itself into a more equitable and diverse organization as essential. With a great deal of intentionality, we are taking a DEI lens to our leadership, board of trustees, marketing, curriculum, hiring practices, recruitment efforts, individual program cultures and broader institutional culture. This process will impact every facet of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in the years to come.

We continue to broaden the composition of our board, so that it reflects the composition of our city. We distributed a record-breaking $125,000 in financial aid in 2020. We received a $45,000 grant for BIPOC Music Partners students from low-income schools to enroll in CMS. Our board allocated $30,000 for DEI-related professional services and facilitators who helped us form a DEI working group across multiple stakeholders. We’ve hosted three town halls for our staff, faculty, BKCM families and the broader community in order to provide a space for discourse, reflection and healing.

Our DEI work extends beyond the formal process. It is happening every day, in big and small ways, throughout our organization. Teachers are proactively incorporating a more representative array of performers when they share listening or watching links. Suzuki teachers are expanding the program’s repertoire to include more BIPOC composers. All of our music therapists completed a six-week anti-bias training through the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso. Our Music Therapy program has also been hosting a series of DEI-focused continuing education trainings, including “Race in My Face: Uncovering Cultural Dynamics in Music Therapy” and “Clinical Applications of the Hispanic Songbook.”

While much remains to be done, we are making progress. Efforts like these illustrate how the formal DEI process is helping to grow our collective understanding, challenge our assumptions and foster cultural change across our organization.

Contact us at action@bkcm.org to give feedback, suggestions or join the conversation.

The Pillars of BKCM’s DEI Work

Pillar One:
The People

Pillar 1 Co-chairs: Henry Choi and Chad Cooper

This pillar is focused on increasing diversity, equity and inclusion across the BKCM Faculty, Staff, and Board of Trustees.

Pillar Two: Community Outreach and Inclusion

Pillar 2 Co-chairs: Rachel Hughes and Mari Matoba

This pillar is focused on the diversity, equity and inclusion of the BKCM student body.

Pillar Three:
The Music

Pillar 3 Chair: Josh Sinton

This pillar is focused on the programming and curricula at the Conservatory.

Newsletter Archive

BKCM sends out periodic DEI newsletters with updates and resources

Upcoming Meetings

Pillar 2:  Tuesday, December 7th, 6-7pm