The MSM Cultural Inclusion Initiative

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The mission of the Cultural Inclusion Initiative is to foster diversity, equity, and inclusive practices throughout Manhattan School of Music

MSM’s Cultural Inclusion Initiative (CII) was launched in August 2019 as part of MSM’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024. The mission of the CII is to foster diversity, equity, and inclusive practices throughout the School by auditing current practices, identifying areas where additional attention is needed to achieve change, and creating regular discussion forums for students, faculty, and staff.

The CII provides support and opportunities for each of us in the MSM Community to:

  • develop a greater understanding about our own worldview and how it influences our actions
  • consider how we are positioned in relation to others and recognize differences based on our respective worldviews
  • seek out opportunities for greater openness to new and unfamiliar ideas and behaviors, to diverse cultures and cultural backgrounds, and to all identities
  • take risks in our learning by developing greater openness and to learn more about ourselves and those in our Community
  • take action to promote equity on and off campus

Land Acknowledgement

We want to acknowledge that we gather as Manhattan School of Music on the traditional land of the Lenape and Wappinger past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well.

CII Event Highlights at MSM 2021-2022


Baritone Lucas Lucia speaks to MSM students about "Auditioning as a Medium: Presenting Yourself and Your Art at the Same Time," in February 2022

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