The “Ithaca Forever” strategic plan for our college charges us to “become a national model for colleges committed to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
As we boldly state in the Ithaca College School of Music value statement, “We are committed to embracing diversity in all of its forms and manifestations. We are committed to creating a safe and nurturing space for differentness in all of its expressions, a community in which ‘I am unique’ and ‘we are one’ concur.” We believe that it is important to be transparent and communicative about how we are in alignment with these statements, and to be transparent about how we are not.
Our community is increasingly aware of its responsibility to address issues relating to racism on our campus and in the larger world of music. We take this work seriously and are taking action to create a more inclusive environment for our students, faculty, staff, and the greater Ithaca community.
Before moving forward, we understand that we must acknowledge the truths of the past that have brought us to this moment.