FROM TALK TO ACTION - Diversity and Inclusion in the Conservatoire

You are invited to attend the first Diversity and Inclusion Symposium at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

In 2017 The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague began an intensive plan to develop an Action Plan to increase diversity and inclusion in the conservatoire. This plan has led to the hiring of our first Diversity Advisor, Dr. Nicole Jordan, and this symposium: ‘Diversity and Inclusion in the Conservatoire: From Talk to Action’ is one of the many steps we are taking to help the conservatoire to achieve this goal of greater diversity.

Serious discussions such about diversity have only just begun and normally they are one-on-one or limited to small groups. This symposium provides an opportunity to discuss the issues around diversity in a broader setting, amongst students and colleagues, with artists, and members of other organisations outside of the Royal Conservatoire. This, in a safe and welcoming environment, supported by professionals in the field.

Photo by Eric Richmond

Keynote
Our keynote speaker, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE (Order of the British Empire), founder of the Chineke! Orchestra in London will present in the Arnold Schoenbergzaal and all are welcome to attend. The symposium sessions will include experts and practitioners in the areas of diversity and inclusion from musical, educational, and professional fields outside the conservatoire. Learning from external experts helps us to look beyond our own walls and be inspired by what others are doing, discuss the issues from different perspectives, and expand our own ideas, network, and resources in diversity.

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Register
You will find our goals and an overview below, next to the program. All are welcome but space in the sessions is limited:

Diversity initiatives are already in action! To help inspire the round table talks at the end of the day, please share one initiative that you or your organisation are already working on:
We will be providing a free lunch for symposium attendees. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements:

Overview
Society is becoming increasingly diverse and so is the face of the conservatoire; but we can always do better. In 2017 - 2018, music psychologist Dr. Nicole Jordan was invited to the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague to interview teachers, students, and staff on their ideas for increasing diversity within the school. The goal was to create an action plan to help the conservatoire to become a more open, welcoming, and inclusive place for all.

Many suggestions for action were put forward and these were arranged into six domains: Communication, Community, Education, Collaboration, Ethics and Support. This Symposium begins with a focus on the first domain to engage in broader Communication across the conservatoire and with others about diversity and inclusion. This means we must be willing to discuss the issues around diversity, be frank and honest about our roles as individuals and as an institution, share our experiences and ideas, our progress, and where we can improve.

The symposium is one of the many steps we can take to help the conservatoire to achieve this goal of greater diversity. Serious discussions such as these have only just begun and normally they are one-on-one or limited to small groups.

Experts on diversity and inclusion from musical, educational, and professional fields outside the conservatoire have been invited to speak and share their knowledge and experience. Learning from external experts helps us to look beyond our own walls and be inspired by what others are doing, discuss the issues from different perspectives, and expand our own network of authorities and resources in diversity.

Goals
The first goal of the symposium is to get people talking about diversity and inclusion in the conservatoire. What are the issues? What are others doing? What can I do? The presenters are therefore asked to not only discuss their own work, but to engage with the Symposium attendees and get them talking. Presentations will include time for audience discussions during and/or after their presentations.

The second goal is for attendees to leave with clear steps or actions that they can personally take towards more diversity and inclusion in the conservatoire. These steps may be at the individual, departmental, or institutional levels depending on their role in the institution. Ideas for discovering steps or actions will be encouraged throughout the symposium and discussed at the round table at the end of the day.

Program

11:30 - Registration & coffee - Dick Raaymakers Foyer

12:00 - Welcome, student performance & Keynote - Arnold Schoenberg Zaal

  • Introduction: Nicole Jordan
  • Performer: Viola Cheung, Soprano, Master NAIP student
  • Keynote: Chi-chi Nwanoku, Founder of Chineke! Orchestra, UK

13:00 - Lunch - Dick Raaymakers Foyer

14:00 - 14:45 - Lecture / Workshop

  • Studio 1: Presentation Aminata Cairo, Diversity Lector, University of The Hague
  • Studio 3: Presentation Maarten van Veen, Pianist, Doelen Ensemble
  • Son 15: Interview: Eliza Steinbock, LUCAS, Leiden University

15:00 - 15:45 - Lecture / Workshop

  • Studio 1: Interview Rajae El Mouhandiz, Artist
  • Studio 3: Presentation Julian Schaap, PhD Diversity in Music, Erasmus University
  • Son 15: Interview Teana Boston Mammah, Lecturer, Willem de Koning Academy

16:00 - 16:45 - Roundtable discussions - Studio 1 & Studio 3

  • What practical steps can I take to increase diversity and inclusion in the conservatoire setting?
  • Mediators: Nicole Jordan & Member(s) of Diversity Working Group

17:00 - Closing & drinks - Dick Raaymakers Foyer

Contact

Nicole Jordan - Diversity Advisor Royal Conservatoire of The Hague: n.jordan@koncon.nl

Details

Datum

6 december 2019 12.00 - 17:00

Locatie

Arnold Schoenbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire

Entree

Free, register through form on this page.