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  1. Dr. Amber Benton named SMTD Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is pleased to announce that Dr. Amber Benton has been named the school’s Chief Officer for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Dr. Benton joins SMTD from Michigan State University, where she most recently held the position of Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the…

  2. Considering Matthew Shepard: A One-Night Performance at UMMA Captured on Film

    The murder of Matthew Shepard – a young, gay man tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and left for dead in October 1998 – has reverberated through the decades and far beyond the borders of Shepard’s home state of Wyoming. This savage crime, as well as the murder of a black man by white supremacists…

  3. Louise Toppin awarded Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

  4. Three SMTD Graduate Students Awarded Anti-Racism Grants

    The Anti-Racism Collaborative, administered by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), awarded three summer research grants to SMTD graduate students Marjoris Regus (PhD, Music Education), Imani Ma’At AnkhmenRa Amen Taylor (MFA ’21, dance), and Samantha Williams (SM ’22, voice). The Rackham Graduate School is co-sponsoring 21 awards across U-M totaling $99,825 in support for…

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    ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’: U-M Professor Discusses Significance of ‘Black National Anthem’

    Louise Toppin is a University of Michigan scholar and performer who has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral and oratorio performances in the United States and around the world.