Diversity Initiatives

The Juilliard School is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all members of the community inclusive of race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, language, gender and gender expression, sexuality, religious and political beliefs, age, and ability. The School stands against all forms of discrimination, whether directed against individuals or groups. As part of this dedication, numerous trainings, resources, and programs are provided throughout the year addressing diversity and inclusion. 

Diversity Dialogues

Diversity Dialogues are a series of discussions held monthly in the Student Multipurpose Room on varying topics related to diversity and inclusion.  Each month focuses on a different theme ranging from discussions on race/ethnicity, sex/gender/sexuality, religion/faith/spirituality, socioeconomic status, and much more.  The goal is to provide a safe space for different viewpoints to be heard while discussing complicated and difficult topics.  Each Diversity Dialogue counts as a Foundations Program under the Diversity and Civic Engagement credit.  The Diversity Dialogues for the academic year 2017-2018 are:

  • September 13: Broflakes
    • Come join us for a discussion on "broflakes," a new term and stereotype to describe the quintessentially conservative, heterosexual, white male, who despite all his privileges and advantages in life, is easily sensitive to any criticism or mockery, and usually denies or ignores reality and the very real struggles of other genders, races, sexual identities, etc.
  • October 11: Dating Apps and Biases
    • Join O.I.A. and the Diversity Advocates for this month's Diversity Dialogue where we will be discussing biases in online dating and dating apps.
  • November 1: What Do You Mean When You Tell Me To Be Classy?
    • Todd Porter, Director of Residence Life, will be discussing expectations around socioeconomic status and the impact of assumptions made on classism.
  • December 6: Checking the “Other” Box: Multiracial Identities
    • Join Roberto Valentin, Community Director of Residence Life at St. Peter's University, as we discuss multiracial identity development.
  • January 10: Gender, Race, and Mental Health
    • This month's Diversity Dialogue will focus on the intersection of gender, race, and mental health.
  • February 7: #OscarsSoWhite
    • As we approach awards season, we'll look at the history of awardees and the viral campaign #OscarsSoWhite.
  • March 14: Passing: Racial and Gender Stereotypes
    • Stereotypes about expectations surrounding race and gender can often complicate identity development. This month's discussion will explore the way that "passing" influences experiences.
  • April 4: The Rainbow Flag and Inclusivity in the LGBT Community
    • This discussion will focus on the various other identities that intersect with the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly focusing on the controversies surrounding the rainbow flag.

You can also download our full Diversity Dialogue schedule:

Diversity Symposium

Each semester, a Diversity Symposium will be held on campus for students who wish to learn more about the complex subject of diversity. This retreat aims to build skills for students that will make them more socially aware of the impact that they have on the Juilliard community and in the world around them, as well as give students the skills they need to become thought leaders and artists as global citizens. Topics such as race/ethnicity, gender/sex/sexuality, dis/ability, social economic status, and others will be covered during the symposium through lecture and interactive workshops. All students are welcome to participate, but we request an RSVP.

The tentative schedule of the Spring 2018 Diversity Symposium is below and will be held onSunday, February 4 from 10am–3:30pm  Students do not need to stay the entire day, but we request an RSVP so that we can plan accordingly. RSVP here.  

Safe Zone

Safe Zone is a campus-wide program designed to visibly identify students, staff, and faculty peers who support the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex, asexual, and other identities not fitting into these categories) population; understand some of the issues facing LGBTQIA+ individuals; and are aware of the various LGBTQIA+ resources. The Safe Zone training is an interactive and exploratory workshop that provides a foundation of knowledge to be an effective ally to the LGBTQIA+.  Campus-wide trainings are offered throughout the year, but training sessions can be arranged for individual groups if requested.

After Safe Zone training, students, faculty, and staff can display a Safe Zone sign on their lockers, desks, residence hall doors, or office doors. This signifies support for the LGBTQIA+ community and identifies those who display the sign as advocates and/or allies who can be safely approached for support or guidance.

For more information about Juilliard’s Safe Zone program, contact Cory Owen, Assistant Dean of International Advisement and Diversity Initiatives at: cowen@juilliard.edu or 212-799-5000, ext. 358.

Safe Zone Allies

Name Office Room Number
Matthew Allman Health and Counseling Services Rose 2203
Lisa Andersen Liberal Arts 559
Cynthia Baker Concert Office Box Office
Jean Berek Production Street level lobby
Stefanie Calderon Registrars 224
Rachel Christensen Marks Center 488
Natalie Delgado Evening Division 104
Caryn Doktor Human Resources 231
Caitlin Dutton-Reaver Admissions 101
Dylan Flynn Human Resources 231
Andrew Gaines Vocal Arts 403
Stephanie Gatton Special Events 204
Yisset Gomez Educational Outreach 245
Tina Gonzalez Financial Aid 233
Jane Gottlieb Library and Information Resources 541
Fadwa Hayes Admissions 101
Matthew Henao Stage Management 201a
Kathy Hood Drama 402
Lindsey Hresko Student Affairs 100
Susan Jackson Publications 200b
Paige Lewandowski Marks Center 488
Howie Lien Student Affairs 100
Nick Mazzurco Finance 225
Teresa McKinney Educational Outreach 245
Adam Meyer Administration 251
Katie Murtha Development and Public Affairs 205
Cory Owen International Advisement 245
Camille Pajor Title IX 222b
Verleen Philogene Health and Counseling Services Rose 2203
Meg Popick International Advisement 245
Rebecca Reuter Educational Outreach 245
Kathleen Roman Health and Counseling Services Rose 2203
Edgardo Salinas Music History 352
Jerry Shafnisky Drama 401-402
Kimberly Sharpe Human Resources 231
Charles Sheek Publications 200b
Edward Sien Foundation and Corporate Relations 206
Katie Simpson Human Resources 231
Joe Soucy Orchestra 543a
Kaitlin Springston Drama 201
Jenny Stanjeski Performance Production Basement level lobby
Martha Sterner Development and Public Affairs 209
Adrienne Stortz Communications 200b
Sabrina Tanbara Student Affairs 100
Beth Techow Health Service Rose 2203
Holly Tedder Disability Support Services/Registrar 244
Shakivla Todd Residence Life Rose 1102
Jamie Tuss Admissions 101
Maggie Watford Development 211
Heather Weiss Drama 300
Emily Wells Vocal Arts 403
Matthew White Office Services 234
Jennifer Wilcox Production Basement level lobby
Charles Williamson Admissions 101
Robert Wilson Liberal Arts 559

Diversity Advocates

Diversity Advocates (DAs) work with the Office of International Advisement to recognize issues of diversity and inclusion which impact the Juilliard community. Through cultural and educational programs, community forums, and informal interactions, DAs work to educate the larger campus community on issues pertaining to diversity, culture, internationalism, and social justice. DAs help to create a safe space in which potentially sensitive or uncomfortable issues can be discussed and addressed while also creating an environment in which diversity and culture can be celebrated and enjoyed. They are committed to building bridges between groups; developing understanding, appreciation, and respect; and celebrating the diversity of the Juilliard community.

In addition to co-facilitating the diversity sessions at New Student Orientation and OIA's monthly Diversity Dialogues, the DAs are responsible for providing services that contribute to a broader understanding of diversity. Additionally, the DAs help Juilliard celebrate Heritage Months and International Education Week by creating active and passive programs throughout the academic year. Examples of past programs include alumni panels focused on race and gender in the performing arts, viewings of social justice oriented documentaries followed by in-depth discussions, and opportunities to experience a wide-range of cultures through food tastings, dance, music, and visual arts. 

DAs recognize that they do not have all the answers; however, they are committed to increasing multicultural awareness and knowledge for themselves and their peers. They encourage an environment of openness for questions regarding age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religious affiliation, and gender.

To find current DA programs and events, please check out the Juilliard Campus Life App under “Diversity and Civic Engagement”.

2017-18 Diversity Advocates

Alexander Andison (BFA '18, dance), third-year DA
Michael Garcia (BFA '21, dance), first-year DA
Michelle Geffner (BM '19, voice), second-year DA
Jaylyn Simmons (BM '20, voice), first-year DA
Kathryn Stewart (BM '18, double bass), third-year DA
Noah Wang (BFA '19, dance), third-year DA