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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 Action Committee (ARAC), 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 Action Committee (ARAC)

ARAC, the Anti-Racism Action 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.

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.