Immediate removal of Dona Vaughn from the Manhattan School of Music faculty

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Mark Filatov
Aug 2, 2020
I've seen this too many times and it sickens me to know that we have faculty that brings harm to the ppl in our school in that manner.

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Caroline Shaffer
Jul 28, 2020
I was appalled by the insensitivity displayed by Ms. Vaughn when asked how the opera program at Manhattan School of Music will do more to include works by black composers and be better allies to the black community. If you cannot question the exclusivity of classical music in this day and age, you do not deserve to be in a position of power.

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D Skinner
Jul 15, 2020
This woman is harmful to the preservation of everything that should represent American culture and society, both artistic and ethical.

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Dani South
Jul 10, 2020
I saw the video. There is literal proof, on camera, of this woman dismissing a question about the implications a certain piece creates. Her pretending the questioner is in the wrong can only insinuate the number of other times she has done the exact same thing

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Jacob Fleming
Jul 9, 2020
Art is inherently political and any educator who does not take feedback from people and shuts them down does not deserve to work in that field. It is not what education or the arts is about. Shameful

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Claudia Ramirez
Jul 9, 2020
Byebyebyeeeeeeeee

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Morgan Cairns
Jul 2, 2020
Professors should ALWAYS put the well-being of their students above self-interest.

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Daisy Press
Jun 30, 2020
In order be given and to maintain the privilege of teaching and leading a community, especially an educational community, one must practice a constant willingness to grow - i.e. humility. ANYTHING LESS than thoughtful, non-defensive openness to the important question posed (even if one does not yet possess any answers) is a deal-breaker. Profound respect must be dedicated daily to the reckoning currently taking place in our world. Neither Ms. Vaughn nor MSM (in their subsequent public responses/explanations pertaining to this video) have demonstrated the ability to say, "This was very wrong." And then to humbly STOP their own voices THERE, creating the space to learn. A teacher/leader who doesn't prioritize constant learning does not deserve to teach. I wish no harm upon Ms. Vaughn and I don't believe that she should currently be filling this academic position.

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Taylor Ingman
Jun 30, 2020
Her actions (and the instagram post on the account "whiteatmsm" defending them) are disgusting

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Laurel Brierly
Jun 27, 2020
Unsurprising behavior from a problematic institution. Time to change.