Creating practices, policies, and organizational changes that support and reflect the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Preparing students to create and perform the music of the past, present, and future from a socially and politically-engaged, critically-informed, and community-driven perspective.
With the collective input of our faculty, students and administration, the J.E.D.I. committee develops strategies and measures progress in key change areas such as curriculum; recruitment and retention for both students and faculty; and the climate for BIPOC members at Thornton.
Nicolas Lell Benavides
The USC Thornton Department of Choral & Sacred Music offers gender-inclusive performance attire for all student ensembles.
USC Thornton keyboard studies doctoral student Lenny Hayes partnered with USC Annenberg faculty member Miki Turner in honoring, reimagining century-old Black gospel hymn.
At the USC Thornton School of Music, female students, faculty, staff and alumni are constantly blazing new trails and opening new doors, all while being authentically themselves.
As part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month, USC Thornton doctoral student Angelica Brooks, a member of Thornton’s J.E.D.I. Committee, curated a Spotify playlist featuring Thornton alumni and faculty.