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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Conservatory of Performing Arts

The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Performing Arts is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive and diverse environment for students, faculty and staff. Our understanding of diversity and inclusivity encompasses intersections of racial and ethnic backgrounds, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, class and the range of human differences. Inclusion and belonging are not expressed at the individual level alone; we are committed to institutional reflection and the reconciliation of injustice through structural change.

The study of music is a cultural and political act. We understand that there are systemic barriers to accessing cultural and educational institutions. Further, we recognize that centering the music of the dominant culture is harmful, and artists, composers, and scholars from marginalized backgrounds have been historically dismissed or erased; BW is no exception. We pledge to expand the diversity of the music we study, create and perform, and additionally, honor the diversity of ideas, cultural values and perspectives within our community.

Equity is not a destination at which we arrive, but a continuing journey that requires transparency and honest reflection. We know that a commitment to change is not enough - we must enact that change. Everyone in our community is responsible for the steps that will help us move forward. We welcome all members of our community to share insight and feedback with Conservatory leadership. Dr. Beth Hiser, Associate Dean, can be reached at

For more information on the specific changes and actions that we are undertaking now in the Conservatory, explore the resources below.