CEW+Inspire Workshop | Becoming Allies within Higher Education: Arts Education as a Lens for Developing our Own Intercultural Competence


Tuesday, March 16, 2021


3:30pm - 4:30pm




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Presenter: Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish, PhD, CEW+ 2020 Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity & Social Change Award Winner

As a scholar focused on amplifying the voices of those who have been historically marginalized within arts education, Dr. Fitzpatrick draws on her formative experiences as a white public school educator of students of color to question and dismantle systems of oppression. Within this session, she will discuss her own journey towards allyship as it relates to racial, socioeconomic, gender, and intersectional social justice, and focus on ways that participants might make their work in higher education more just and culturally responsive. In Dr. Fitzpatrick’s 2015 book on urban music education, she explores how arts educators develop cultural competence, the ability to engage with others from different cultural backgrounds in ways that foster positive relationships, effective communication, and mutual understanding. To develop cultural competence first requires an understanding of one’s own identity and one’s own journey, as deficit views related to culture and race often result from the perception that one’s own experience is “normal,” while that of others is somehow different or deficient.

Format: An important starting point within this workshop will be an examination of our own culture and identity journey, utilizing Milner’s (2010) Culture of Power framework to engage participants in small group discussion before larger themes are brought back to the larger group – issues related to educational disparities that originate within society when students are young, yet lead into many of the inequities that are still highly visible within higher education.

The workshop is from 3:30-4:30, followed by a networking reception until 5:00.

Kate Fitzpatrick-Harnish, PhD is Associate Professor of Music Education and acting Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (Fall, 2020) for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan. Before coming to U-M in the fall of 2008, Fitzpatrick served as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Louisville. Fitzpatrick is an active and prolific researcher, focusing on the experiences of those who have been historically marginalized in music education. Her research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Southwestern Musician, the Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, in addition to numerous book chapters. Her book, Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers, was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. Fitzpatrick has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and was an inaugural member of the Higher Education Advisory Council for the Save the Music Foundation. She is the past national elected chair of the Social Sciences Special Research Interest Group for the National Association of Music Education, and also serves as a frequent clinician and guest conductor with bands across the United States. An avid supporter of public school music programs, she is the former director of instrumental music at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio, where she directed the district’s largest band and orchestra program and was awarded the Brass Band of Columbus’ 2003 God and Country Award, recognizing her “outstanding, sensitive leadership of young people.”