The Cleveland Institute of Music believes a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment leads to excellence in educating musicians and accomplishing the CIM mission and vision. CIM commits to developing and sustaining diversity, equity and inclusion in its recruitment, retention and programming practices and policies for students, employees and trustees. Through individual and institution-level engagement, CIM fosters a culture that respects diversity across the broad human spectrum, and establishes a climate of inclusion and equity for its community.

CIM is dedicated to enforcing this mission and supporting the development and implementation of programs that reflect our community's diversity.

Diversity Initiatives at CIM

CIM Groups Advocating for Change:

  • Student-formed Black Student Union, whose purpose is to foster and encourage meaningful dialogue and fellowship among students, faculty and staff.
  • Champions for Systemic Change (CSC) task force, formed in June 2020 by leaders of the Black Student Union and Student Government Association alongside faculty and staff. The task force seeks out honest discussions and advocates for necessary, sustainable changes that will improve the student experience, curriculum, repertoire and culture of CIM.
  • Programming Advisory Committee, whose purpose is to inform a more inclusive curriculum, including the performance of compositions by composers from underrepresented backgrounds and demographic groups.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a student-led group formed in November 2020, works to undermine white supremacy and advocate for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, the group moves people to act as part of a multiracial collective for justice with passion and accountability.

Education for the CIM Community:

  • Developed a Community Standards Policy to establish a method of reporting and address issues of bias, harassment, cultural insensitivity and discriminatory actions which do not meet the institution’s Code of Conduct and Community Standards.
  • Partnering with Kent State’s nationally recognized Diversity Education and Training Lab to give workshops for students, faculty and staff on unconscious bias. Additional workshops for students on racial injustice and white privilege are also offered, starting fall 2020.
  • Revising courses for Freshmen Colloquium, Senior Seminar and Master’s Seminar to ensure that every CIM student receives adequate DEI training and education.

Programming and Collaborations for a Diverse Future:

  • Establishing CIM’s Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF), which provides concentrated pre-college opportunities for aspiring young Black and Latinx classical musicians in the Cleveland area.
  • Partnering with the Sphinx Organization⁠—a Detroit-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of young Black and Latinx classical musicians and leaders⁠—and providing accommodations and assistance for their Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy and Sphinx Lead program.
  • Collaborating with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program (TDP), Nashville Symphony Orchestra's Accelerando Program, the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) Artists’ Initiative, and many others whose generation-long commitment to training Black and Latinx classical music students is recognized as a national model of excellence.