Chip McNeal is currently a doctoral Candidate in Transformative Studies, Chip is also making strides in other avenues. Not long ago appointed to the inaugural position of Director of Diversity, Equity and Community for San Francisco Opera. This unique and coveted position represents a milestone for equity in the field of classical arts and music. As director of Diversity, he is charged with setting in motion landmark initiatives that help to make the art of opera and classical music studies more accessible, more equitable, and more diverse. Chip continues to work for educational equity on local, state, and national levels. He is on the leadership board of Create California, an advocacy agency, where he promotes arts access for underserved students. Chip is also developing multimedia programming that includes podcasts, YouTube videos, and Facebook events – all focused on amplifying the “voice” of artists and educators of color. His research focus lies at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice, as he investigates emancipatory pedagogy and critical teaching practices for a new era. He employs anti-oppressive and indigenous research methodologies as well as other creative and transdisciplinary professional practices. He is a subject matter expert in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching methods with over 25 years of experience facilitating adult learning and teacher education. As an equity and diversity expert, he consults worldwide on issues of community engagement and racial equity in the arts. You can find out more about his work by exploring https://artseducator.org/
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