Anti-Racist Education and Implementation Action Plan

As Purdue students have shared their experiences with racism on social media, the Purdue Musical Organizations staff have listened. Know that your voices have been heard. We honor the bravery of those who have shared their stories and invite their continued dialogue with us. As an organization, we can and must do more for our BIPOC students.

As music educators, it has historically been the PMO staff’s goal to impart knowledge and skills in this area to our students. But we recognize that now is the time to listen, learn, educate, and act in the area of anti-racist education. There is no time to wait. While we continue to listen and to affirm the experiences of students of color in our program and on our campus, we will continue to create anti-racist curriculum, continue to explore ways to celebrate the rich artistic achievements of the Black community, and continue to remove barriers within our organization that prevent full participation and enfranchisement for BIPOC students.

We encourage you to review our action plan below, including how we intend to involve our BIPOC students and diversity education professionals in our advocacy work and education. Further questions can be directed to PMO Director Bill Griffel at

What we’re working on:

  • Implementing a mandatory reporting procedure for instances of racism and discrimination
  • Removing barriers that prevent BIPOC students from participating fully in our program
  • Proactively recruiting BIPOC students to our program while also doing the harder work of ensuring that they have an environment in which they can succeed
  • Celebrating women and BIPOC composers, authors, and music historians in our program
  • Finding ways for our students to learn from BIPOC music educators
  • Creating an anti-racist curriculum for students, faculty/staff, and our Purdue community
  • Using music as a tool for civic engagement and discourse

What we’re reading:

  • Teaching Race:  How to help students unmask and challenge racism by Stephen Brookfield & Associates
  • White Fragility:  Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin Diangelo
  • I’m Still Here:  Black Dignity in a world made for whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • How to be anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?  And other conversations about race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
  • White Rage:  The Unspoken Truth about our racial divide by Carol Anderson
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

Who we’re listening to:

  • BIPOC students within our program, who will assist with our anti-racist curriculum development
  • BIPOC alumni, within recent years as well as years past, who will also assist in our anti-racist curriculm development
  • Campus diversity and inclusion experts
  • Leading voices in the anti-racism and social justice movement

What we’re talking about:

  • Implicit bias
  • Prejudice, stereotypes, and biases
  • Systemic racism
  • White privilege
  • Microaggressions
  • Tokenism
  • Favoritism