Recorded Music: Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Recorded Music joins Tisch School of the Arts and NYU in the commitment to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility (IDBEA). 

This call to action has led to the creation of the Recorded Music Equity Task Force. On the left, you will find links to resources and offices throughout Tisch and NYU that are working to advance these IDBEA goals.

Welcome Letter from the Recorded Music Equity Task Force

October 5, 2020


To the REMU Community:

As a follow-up to Interim Chair Sheril Antonio’s charge email entitled “Equity Task Force Announcement,” we would like to tell you more about the REMU Equity Task Force. We are a diverse group of faculty, students and staff whose role is to foster and help realize equity, accessibility, belonging and inclusion at the Clive Davis Institute.

As Task Force members, we believe that those ideals—inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility—are essential, integral aspects of what it means to pursue excellence at any institution of higher learning. We are committed to those ideals, even as we are aware that there are often gaps between institutional objectives of inclusion and belonging, and their realization. Those gaps are not just theoretical--they are lived and experienced, sometimes in difficult ways, by students, staff and faculty alike.

The Equity Task Force has definitive and specific objectives that we intend to achieve in our official role as a task force (as opposed to a committee). Beyond just offering recommendations specific actions to improve diversity, inclusion, equity, accessibility and belonging at REMU, our charge is to implement meaningful policies and practices at REMU and TSOA in consultation and collaboration with REMU and TSOA leadership. Those policies and practices are mandated by and fully consistent with Tisch’s Diversity Commitments (TSOA Actions Against Racial Inequities,) and they are consistent with the work of the NYU Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity.

Our mission statement is as follows:

Comprised of faculty, administrative & technical staff, students, and alumni, The ReMu Equity Task Force will take action to build a better, safer, and more equitable NYU Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Our role is to assess the current state of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and accessibility (IDBEA) at Recorded Music, and to recommend, advance and implement policies and practices that embed IDBEA core values in all aspects of the ReMu experience. We work collaboratively to foster a culture of personal, interpersonal and institutional accountability through listening, reflection, review, research, investigation, data collection, advising, advocacy, recommendation and support (among other methods). Our work is mandated by and wholly consistent with Tisch Actions Against Racial Inequities and with the stated goals of the NYU Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to grow and develop in their understanding of diversity, equity, belonging, accessibility and inclusion.

We will shortly be announcing our inaugural public initiatives. And we will be working to institute a forthcoming student and alumni advisory board that will allow us to include even more diverse voices in the work we are planning. In general, we look forward to having conversations and advocating for policies and procedures that support a more fluid space for building, changing, growing, and flourishing as a program. And as our work takes shape, we will be working closely with Sheril Antonio, REMU’s interim Chair, and closely with all members of the REMU community including faculty, staff, students and alumni. We intend to work closely with the next REMU Chair. We are proud to lead the charge for this inaugural Task Force, and we are serious about taking action towards the realization of a better and more equitable ReMu. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch via remuequitytaskforce@nyu.edu.

2020-2021 Equity Task Force Members:

Faculty
Dan Charnas, Associate Arts Professor
Lauren Davis, Arts Professor; Director of Business Studies
Jason King, Associate Professor; Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies; Director of Global Studies
JD Samson, Assistant Arts Professor

Staff
Alan Watson, Student Services Administrator

Students
Cameron Franklin, REMU 2021
Dani Tyas, REMU 2022
Maya Lopez, REMU 2023

Alumni
Dana McCoy, REMU 2020
Kyra Williams, REMU 2020