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We reaffirm empathy, justice and participation.
We foster safe spaces for important dialogue, creativity and critical thought.

The Faculty and Staff of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Arturo O’Farrill
Arturo O’Farrill
A Message from the Associate Dean

As your Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, I look forward to working with Inaugural Dean Strempel, our faculty and our students to ensure our schools lives up to its promise of being a welcoming place for all.

Together, we will create a community of students and faculty that accurately reflects the composition of our city and country and a curriculum that showcases and examines divergent views. It is my hope that our collective work will allow us to thoughtfully respond to the guiding questions outlined below so that we may teach and learn in ways that make us truly inclusive in excellence.

– Arturo O’Farrill
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Still Waiting Speaker Series

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and its Inaugural Dean, Eileen L. Strempel are proud to launch Still Waiting, a new speaker series that invites the public to join UCLA students in conversation with prominent figures invited by the school’s Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Committee (ARAD) to help us understand ourselves and our response to this deeply hurtful moment in our nation’s racial reckoning. Still Waiting invites us to demand better of our communities and better of our actions in response to the tangible effects of racist policing, academic and institutional indifference, and methodologies that may bridge the gap between feelings of alienation and feelings of sanctuary and refuge for us all.

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About The Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Committee (ARAD)

OR Call the 24-hour EDI hotline:
(310) 825-3935.
This 24-hour hotline is specifically earmarked for incidents of racism and predatory behavior, and connects a student immediately with a trained counselor who can direct students to existing resources for any number of issues.

ARAD, the Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Committee of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, is a non-hierarchical group of students, staff, and faculty members committed to changing the atmosphere of our Bruin community by addressing issues of bias, marginalization and discrimination toward black, Indigenous and people of color and other intersectional communities.

Anti-Racism Action Committee Members

Eshon Allen

ARAD Co-Chair; Donor Relations Manager, Development

Alexandra Baran

Undergraduate, Music Education

Ruth Buergenthal

Undergraduate Student, Music History & Industry


Herman Luis Chavez

Undergraduate Student, Ethnomusicology & Comparative Literature

Travis Cross

Chair, Department of Music; Professor; Conducting, Music Performance; Director, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band

Jonathan Davis

Lecturer, Oboe Performance, Music Performance

Bernard Franklin

Graphic Designer

Lorenna Garcia

Undergraduate, Music

Peter Kazaras

Professor, Music Performance; Director, Opera UCLA

Samuel Lamontagne

Graduate Student

Katlyn Lang

Undergraduate, Music

David Lefkowitz

Professor, Composition

Kristine Llanderal

Graduate, Music

Steven Loza

Chair, Global Jazz Studies; Professor; Ethnomusicology, Global Jazz Studies

Valentina Martinez

Director of Development

Shannon McGarry

Assistant Dean

Kim Mendez-McLeish

Graduate Student, Music

Alec Norkey

Graduate Student, Ethnomusicology

Hitomi Oba

Lecturer, Composition, Global Jazz Studies; Director, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

Arturo O'Farrill

ARAD Co-Chair; Professor, Global Jazz Studies, Music; Associate Dean For Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Movses Pogossian

Professor, Music Performance; Director, Armenian Music Program

Catherine Provenzano

Assistant Professor; Music Industry, Musicology

Erica Robbins

Human Resources Manager

Brian Runt

Interim Executive Director, Strategic Communications and Marketing

Yuri Shimoda

Digital Projects and Preservation Specialist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive

Cheri Sledge

Undergraduate Student, Musicology

Dexter Story

Graduate Student, Ethnomusicology

Neal Stulberg

Professor, Conducting; Director, Orchestral Studies

Chloe Swindler

ARAD Co-Chair; Graduate Student, Music

Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Committee Alumni

Patrick Bonczyk

PhD, Musicology

Gabriel Deibel

BA, Music History & Industry

Allison Taka

ARAD Co-Chair; Former Director of Student Affairs

Building an Inclusive School of Music

Guiding Questions

In the days, weeks and months ahead, the School of Music will consider several guiding questions so that we may build an environment for students, faculty and staff that is inclusive and reflective of all voices:

• How may we access, cultivate and maintain a school climate in which every member of our community feels safe and valued as a way of embodying our mission, vision and core values?

• How may we best educate our entire School of Music community?

• How do we recruit, hire, support and retain a diverse community of faculty, staff and students?

• How may we provide increased financial support to historically underrepresented students, especially black students?


Should you have concerns or witness acts of discrimination amongst our community or on campus. Staff, students and faculty may reach out confidentially to, Associate Dean Arturo O’Farrill.

Any member of our community may also reach out to UCLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to report an incident or contact WeListen@equity.ucla.edu or (310) 825-3935.