Diversity Initiatives

IL-ACDA Diversity Initiatives

The mission of the Diversity Initiatives Committee of the Illinois Choral Directors Association is to foster diversity and inclusivity in our Illinois state membership, ensembles, and repertoire through active engagement with underrepresented choral musicians and potential choral participants. We will bring about a broader definition of choral excellence both as result of this inclusivity and in order to maintain our relevance and expand both the reach and impact of our profession and its musical scope within Illinois.

Committee members: Keshena Cisneros-Watson, Eric Esparza (Chair), Keith Hampton, Grace Jeong, Cristian Larios, Richard Nunley, and Charles Taylor. If you have heightened interest in the work of this committee and/or particular expertise that you wish to offer, please email Eric Esparza at eesparz7@depaul.edu.

 


UPDATES

  • The first DIC Zoom Forum will be Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 4:00pm-6:00pm CST (https://depaul.zoom.us/j/98636499312). At this forum we will introduce the team, develop a set of reflection questions to assess our inclusivity as educators, and solicit feedback from attendees about what topics they would like to see addressed in future forums.
  • Social Media Guidelines are being developed to protect members from hate speech and offensive discourse.
  • Expert-led webinars are in development that will help educators seeking to celebrate all genres of choral music with focus on particular styles (gospel, spiritual, country-specific, language-specific, etc.).
  • We hope to Develop intra-state festivals that bring together the diverse singers from across Illinois to share music, culture, and fellowship. We also seek to revive and redevelop the multicultural honor choir from ACDA’s past to suit the musicians of today and tomorrow.
  • Diversity Initiatives Newsletter (pdf) – 8/19/20
 


CELEBRATING BIPOC COMPOSERS

Please enjoy the work of the following BIPOC conductors, educators, musicians, and composers.

 
Praise His Holy Name
by Keith Hampton
The Keith Hampton Singers and Friends
Keith Hampton
 
O Meu Maracatu
by Daniel Afonso
Madrigal de Brasília

 



DEI RESOURCES

In response to the current national discussion of racism, the DIC and the IL-ACDA Board suggest the following resources.

Social Justice Standards
Principle Writer Emily Chiariello
https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/2017-06/TT_Social_Justice_Standards_0.pdf


The Score: An Urban Music Education Podcast
Eric Jimenez & Justin McLean

https://podthescore.buzzsprout.com/

 

Teaching with Respect: Inclusive Pedagogy for Choral Directors
Stephen Sieck
https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Respect-Inclusive-Pedagogy-Directors/dp/1495097668

 

Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
https://www.google.com/books/edition/Begin_Again/UMLYDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

 

100 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
Corinne Shutack
https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

 

13th (film)
Ava DuVernay (director)
https://www.netflix.com/watch/80091741

 

White Fragility
Robin DiAngelo
https://www.amazon.com/White-Fragility-People-About-Racism/dp/0807047414

 

How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1