Our Commitment

The USC Thornton School of Music recognizes the powerful role music plays in elevating the human spirit and in uniting diverse languages, cultures and communities. While actively fostering intellectual and creative exploration, innovative approaches, and connections with the world, USC Thornton also recognizes that it is imperative at this time for musicians and scholars to acknowledge systemic racism and the historical exclusion of marginalized peoples in music and to do the work of reconciliation and repair that is required of us. 

As a school, we therefore commit to:
Specific strategies in which we are actively engaged and will continue to pursue:

To these ends, we will foster and sustain an on-going dialogue between the Dean of USC Thornton, Dean’s Cabinet, Department Chairs and other faculty leaders, the Thornton Faculty Council, the Thornton Staff Council, the Thornton Student Council, and the Thornton Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, with regular evaluation of our progress and regular development of our initiatives.

Implementation and Accountability:

The JEDI Committee will develop a multi-year framework that encompasses these strategies. Individual Departments and Divisions are and will continue to develop their own specific plans and will report annually on progress made towards achieving our collective goals.

Individual faculty and staff will, as part of their annual review, account for the work they have done each year towards achieving justice, equity, diversity and inclusion at the USC Thornton School of Music and in the world beyond.

Messages to the Thornton Community

March 19, 2021: Stop Asian Hate
We are heartbroken and horrified by the tragedy that occurred this week in Atlanta, specifically aimed at women and members of the Asian-American community.

June 25, 2020: Message from Dean Cutietta
The crisis facing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in America has pierced our nation’s soul.

June 1, 2020: Message from Dean Cutietta
Our hearts ache for our society after the murder of George Floyd, the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others we have lost.