Fine Arts Diversity Committee

Students participate in a workshop funded by the Guest Artist Initiative.The College of Fine Arts is committed to fostering a culture and climate that is inclusive and welcoming of students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints.

“Being a diverse learning and research community is essential to the creativity and contest of ideas that are central to any arts college,” said Dean Doug Dempster. “The College of Fine Arts should be a leader at UT in supporting and fostering an inclusive culture that is so central to who we are and what we do.”

The Fine Arts Diversity Committee is a partnership between the college and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement to create and implement a comprehensive diversity strategic plan. Formed as a taskforce in 2012, the committee is made up of representatives from faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students from the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts, as well as staff from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Office for Inclusion and Equity.

After a two-year planning and research process, the committee shared its strategic plan in 2014, and the college is actively working to implement the goals of the five-year plan, which covers 2014–2019.

As of spring 2017, the committee can report progress in the following areas:

Celebrating Diversity in Fine Arts

New course expands horizons for first-year students in the Butler School of Music

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Andrew Dell’Antonio, professor of Musicology and associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and member of the College of Fine Arts Diversity Committee, and Robin Moore, professor of Ethnomusicology, penned an article about a new course for freshmen undergraduates in the Butler School of Music.

Andrew Dell’Antonio part of music and social justice project

Tuesday, October 17, 2017   |  University of Michigan Press
Andrew stands in front of a bookshelf

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Andrew Dell’Antonio is co-editor on a project with University of Michigan Press that is calling for submissions regarding music and social justice. The new series, Music and Social Justice, reaches across academic and trade presses to welcome projects that shine new light on familiar subjects such as protest songs, humanitarian artists, war and peace, community formation, cultural diplomacy, globalization and political resistance.

Two Fine Arts students announced as fall 2017 IE Kuhn Scholars

Friday, September 29, 2017   |  Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT-Austin
Headshots of both students edited next to each other

Two Fine Arts students were selected to participate in the fall 2017 Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program. Chanse Morris, music studies, and Mario A. Ramirez, dance studies, will both be paired with a mentor in their field of study and receive a $1,000 stipend.