Faculty and staff of the UNC music department introduced "Do the Work Wednesdays," a weekly series that highlights anti-racism work being done in the department. It came after the department spent the summer reflecting on their internal systemic racism and ways to enact meaningful change.
The series alternates between featuring individual BIPOC artists and anti-racism resources, such as a catalog of music by BIPOC artists and a series of blog posts confronting racism and sexism in American music theory.
Cat Zachary, the communications coordinator for the music department, put DWW together hoping it would encourage conversations around anti-racism work within the department and bring the department to confront its own record.
“Particularly as a historically white university and department, it’s important for us to reckon with the past and to work to be better constantly,” Zachary said.
She’s particularly excited for an upcoming installment that will highlight one of the department’s first Black faculty members.