Sometimes, It’s Simply About Starting Somewhere.

So, there's an episode on Grey's Anatomy titled Give Peace A Chance, where a lab technician named Isaac (Faran Tahir) approached Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), a world-renowned neurosurgeon, with scans of an inoperable spinal tumor. Dr. Maranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) referred to the tumor as "the great white of all tumors." Not knowing that the tumor belonged to Isaac, … Continue reading Sometimes, It’s Simply About Starting Somewhere.

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Is This Business As Usual?

It has been just over a month since "the NAfME situation." Droves of people from many spaces in the music profession responded intensely by posting their frustrations, opinions, and concerns on social media. Some went so far as to constructing letters, individually and collectively, urging national, state, and local organizations to rethink their approaches toward diversity and … Continue reading Is This Business As Usual?

Moving Beyond Shock and Awe: How Will the Music Education Profession Respond?

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), formerly known as the Music Educators National Conference or MENC, has come to an interesting crossroad. As mentioned in Keryl McCord's article titled Why We Must Have Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in the Arts: A Response to the National Association for Music Education, she provided personal accounts of NAfME's (former) … Continue reading Moving Beyond Shock and Awe: How Will the Music Education Profession Respond?

Is this the Beginning of the End for Affirmative Action?

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2011) serves as an illustration of how the intersection of race and education continues to present challenges for both legal and educational communities in the 21st century. Similar to the petitioners of Bakke (1978) and Grutter (2003), Abigail Fisher, a White woman, also argued against using race as … Continue reading Is this the Beginning of the End for Affirmative Action?