In fall 2012, the Music Department underwent an external review that offered some useful guidelines for re-envisioning our future. The visiting committee expressed enthusiasm for the current state of the department, while imagining what would be possible after a series of impending retirements. They recommended strongly that, following the retirement of long serving faculty, we should take the opportunity to integrate the seemingly disparate areas of scholarship—musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, computer music, theory, and performance. They also pointed out the lack of diversity in the department:
"The music concentrator population at Brown, as is the case at many peer institutions, is considerably less diverse than the general Brown population in terms of race and ethnicity, and to a lesser extent, gender. The diversity of the student population in the concentration is also not in keeping with the diversity and breadth of the curriculum."
In addition to suggestions for diversifying the faculty, a major recommendation of the external review was for the department to develop more pathways into the concentration—to make the concentration more inclusive and to support students who come to campus without a background in Western Classical Music.
Meanwhile, Brown University has implemented an ambitious plan to make its campus more diverse and inclusive. Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University, also known as the DIAP, was developed over the fall of 2015 with broad campus participation, and was approved by the Brown University Corporation in February 2016.
The Department of Music DIAP Committee held its first meeting in March 2017. The Committe's progress is outlined and recorded on a Wiki site available for members of the Brown community to view.