Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We’re Better Together

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance fully embraces the notion that academic and artistic excellence is inseparable from an abiding and pervasive institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The School is committed to furthering the University’s mission of ensuring that each member of our community has an equal opportunity to thrive and to take full advantage of the resources afforded by the University of Michigan.

In its quest to become the most relevant performing arts school in the world, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance is committed to the ideal of inclusion as one of its core academic and artistic pillars. We construe inclusivity in the broadest possible terms, encompassing the equitable and fair treatment of all members of our community as well as a commitment to diversity not only with respect to traditional markers such as race, ethnicity, and gender but also to diversity of thought, experience, and outlook upon the world.



We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.


We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.


We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

Strategic Plan

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan (PDF) pertains to faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Our strategic plan for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion includes objectives with associated recommended actions for achieving them.

All strategic objectives are accompanied by measures of success that will be tracked over time, as well as descriptions of single- and multiple-year actions that will be taken to accomplish those objectives. Your voice helps ensure that this plan continues to reflect our community. We urge all students, faculty, and staff to read the plan, respond to it and determine what you can do to improve DEI at SMTD. Each of us has a role to play in making our community better. Ultimately, we will be judged not by what we say, but what we do.

DEI Climate Survey Results

As part of the Strategic Plan, SMTD participated in a DEI Climate Survey. The purpose of this voluntary effort was to provide individual units with a way to measure their respective workplace climates in terms of DEI.

Data for this effort were collected in partnership with the ADVANCE Program. The results were compiled by an independent research contractor, SoundRocket, to generate reports that are now being made available by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This report represents the first of several efforts to better understand our climate and how it may be experienced by various groups. In addition to the full reports for Faculty, Staff, and Students, executive summaries provide an overview of key findings.

DEI Climate Survey Results
All links are PDFs

Faculty: Full report | Executive summary
Staff: Full report | Executive summary
Students: Full report | Executive summary

We welcome your comments and invite you to share them by contacting Freyja Harris, SMTD Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer: or 734-764-3757.

Get Involved

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serves as a resource to all students, faculty and staff in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Through projects, workshops, trainings, one-on-one meetings, performances, grants, and other programs, we work to make every member of our school feel welcomed and supported. View involvement opportunities.

Get Support

In collaboration with other programs and staff, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) is available to provide consultation and support to ensure you are connected to the appropriate persons or office to address your needs, ideas, or concerns. Our DEI Support Resources guide also offers an easy way to search for resources throughout the University by need and topic.

Ways to Connect

The SMTD Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has an open door policy: any time someone is in the office and a private meeting is not in session, we encourage students, faculty and staff to come by and express concerns they may have about the school climate, share project ideas, ask questions about DEI initiatives, or just say hello!  


Freyja Harris – Chief Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion    734.764.3757

Rikki Morrow-Spitzer – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator  734.763.3642