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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Student Committee

Statement of purpose

We aim to serve the student community by advocating for a diverse, fair, and inclusive experience through student-led projects and initiatives. In addition, we strive to create a welcoming space for the diverse student community to share their stories and voice their concerns on issues such as (but not limited to) racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism.

Through regular meetings with the faculty DEI, IDEA will act as a liaison between students and the faculty administration.

Projects and partnerships

IDEA is partnering with the C.A.R.E. (Creatives for Artistic and Realistic Equity) Student Coalition of Oklahoma City University. This partnership embraces not only cross-university collaboration, but also the structure that C.A.R.E has already established through the efforts of Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition). IDEA will adopt a branched system in which the student committee is divided into five student-led branches:

· Race and Ethnic Diversity (RED)

· Disability, Neurodivergence, and Accessibility (DNA)

· Mental Health and Wellness (MHW)

· LGBTQ+ Inclusivity (QI)

· Body Positivity (BP)

Each branch serves as specific, tangible spaces for students with diverse narratives and identities to latch onto for support. These five branches within IDEA promote respect and intersectionality and welcome collaboration with other branches.

We invite everyone in the student community to join those branches that appeal to them. Each branch will have a student representative who communicates their branch’s concerns and initiatives through regular communication and bi-weekly meetings. The branches’ interests will be shared with the faculty DEI for discussion, further action and accountability. While we are adopting a structured approach, IDEA fully understands that some concerns need immediate attention, so students should not feel pressured to go through these channels if the need arises.

If you are interested in being a member of a branch or would like more information, please fill out the interest form listed below or email Chino Soberano at  or Jalen Montgomery at

Membership information

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) student interest form

Current leadership and members

Jalen Montgomery

Jalen, co-president of IDEA, is a senior Music Learning and Teaching major in the bassoon studio at Arizona State University.

"I helped create IDEA at the start of his freshman year and have happily been co-president ever since. As an anti-racist, my focus is to make the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre a more inclusive and equitable place for all students, while addressing any current issues students are facing."


Jalen Montgomery at

Ramon "Chino" Soberano

Chino, co-president, is an international student currently in the fourth year of his doctoral program in violin performance.

"I strongly believe that the performing arts need diversity because it's about time we welcome artists and cultures that have long been shut-out because of Eurocentric traditions and expectations. There is more potential for our art forms to touch more lives if we start breaking down the gates that have intentionally pushed people away."

Chino Soberano at

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion student liaison faculty:

Toby Yatso, lecturer, at

Robert Farid Karimi, assistant professor, at

Samuel Peña, community engagement coordinator, at