IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee

About Us

The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Committee is dedicated to the integration and representation of the American Harp Society’s membership. United by our love for the harp, the IDEA Committee works with Society members and leadership to create and foster an equitable environment for all, especially our BIPOC and LGBTQ+ members. The IDEA Committee aims to provide representation for the Society’s demographics through diverse and accessible programming for all levels of the AHS membership (chapter, regional, and national), as well as resources that enrich our community’s interests and identities. 
We, the IDEA Committee, advocate for a community where all harpists are welcome and celebrated, and we appreciate any feedback or inquiries from Society members at the email address below. 

Our Members

Chilali Hugo

I’ve been an AHS member since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until recent years serving on committees and now the board that I understood how much love and care goes into our programming. As a member of the IDEA Committee, I want to learn more about our diverse harp community and be a part of ensuring our members feel that love and care in all that we do.


Elisa Torres

My motivation for being on the IDEA committee is that I get to represent the culture of my harp community. IDEA gives me the tools to bring awareness and learn about harpists of different backgrounds.   #IamtheAmericanHarpSociety




Robbin Gordon-Cartier

I am happy to serve on the IDEA committee. When I think about IDEA’s mission to promote and acknowledge all of our members, I believe it remains a necessary discussion. It is very easy for all of us to be caught up in only topics that directly affect us. IDEA seeks to keep the conversation open so that we don’t miss any part of AHS’s membership that may feel left out. Martin Niemöller wrote a poem “First They Came” and it talks about not speaking out when injustices are happening to other people. By the end of the poem when the injustice was happening to you - there was no one left to speak. Let’s continue to make sure our AHS community is working for each member.


Vincent Pierce

Having a sense of community is important for us as musicians, as harpists and as people. I am honored to serve on the IDEA Committee to help ensure all members of the harp community are represented, feel welcome, and have their voices heard.




Juan Riveros

The IDEA Committee is committed to nourishing a diverse American Harp Society membership, inspiring and creating programming that unites the various facets of the community through the harp. As a committee member, I’m grateful and honored to contribute to the Society’s efforts to represent and support its membership through artistic empowerment.



Contact Us

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• Quarterly Zoom Calls
• Other Resources