As part of the core mission of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts, we strive to provide an inclusive educational community that honors the uniqueness of the individual, values diversity of perspective, and affirms the arts as central to society and culture. We pledge not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, veteran status, height, weight, and genetic information.

The Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, made up of faculty, staff, students and alumni, leads the center’s efforts in this area with support from the entire community. If you have questions about this work or want to become more involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a committee member.

Some of the specific policies and procedures that have been initiated include:

These actions are only part the ongoing work that we are collectively pursuing. All members of our community are invited to continue to reach out to DEI Committee members to share insight, feedback or recommendations.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Robert Stroker, Committee Co-Chair – Dean and Vice Provost
Rollo Dilworth, Committee Co-Chair – Vice Dean

Academic Programs Subcommittee
Noriko Manabe, Chair – Associate Professor, Music Studies
Suzanne Hall – Associate Professor, Music Education
Marcus DeLoach – Associate Professor, Vocal Arts
Michael Tanksley – Student, Music Studies
Imani Moss – Student, Theater
Beth Bolton – Vice Dean, CPCA

Alumni Relations and Community Engagement Subcommittee
Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Chair – Associate Professor, Theater
Jason Lindner – Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications, TFMA
Michael Schaller – Alumnus, Music Education
Laura Lizcano – Alumna, Jazz Studies
Sabriaya Shipley – Alumna, Theater
Jennifer Jordan – Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Relations, CPCA

Assessment and Communications Subcommittee
Rea Tajiri, Chair – Associate Professor, Film and Media Arts
Dustin Cates – Assistant Professor, Music Educations/Vocal Arts
Anisa Hosseinnezhad – Student, Film and Media Arts
Kartik Nair – Assistant Professor, Film and Media Arts
Ashanti Spells – Student, Film and Media Arts

Culture, Climate and DEI Education Subcommittee
Sherril Dodds, Chair – Professor, Dance
Kartik Nair – Assistant Professor, Film and Media Arts
Brandon McShaffrey – Assistant Professor, Vocal Arts/Theater
Moriah Ella Mason – Student, Dance
Doug Wager – Associate Dean, TFMA

Human Resources Subcommittee
Joyce Lindorff, Chair – Professor, Keyboard Studies
Tim Warfield – Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies
Stephanie Ben-Salem – Student, Keyboard Studies
Sue Alcedo – Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration, CPCA

Policies, Procedures and Operations Subcommittee
Mark Huxsoll, Chair – Director, Temple Music Prep
Eric Schweingruber – Director of Operations, Instrumental Studies
Samuel Nebyu – Student, Instrumental Studies
David Brown – Assistant Dean, Administrative Affairs, CPCA
Jason Horst – Director of Operations, CPCA

Recruitment and Admissions Subcommittee
Darlene Brooks, Chair – Associate Professor, Music Therapy
Patricia Cornett – Assistant Professor, Instrumental Studies
Juan Zambonini – Student, Music Therapy
Savannah Whittenburg – Student, Vocal Arts
James Short – Assistant Dean, Admissions, CPCA

Student Life Subcommittee
Elizabeth Parker, Chair – Associate Professor, Music Education
Amina Robinson – Assistant Professor, Theater
Joseph Callahan – Student, Music Education
Edward Flanagan – Associate Dean, Boyer