The purpose of SISPA is to create an atmosphere of camaraderie among those pursuing graduate research on topics related to ethnomusicology; facilitate scholarly discourse on performing arts and their cultural contexts; raise awareness of ethnomusicology within the University of Maryland and the larger surrounding community; and encourage communication between students, faculty, and administration regarding these topics. SISPA understands and is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities of abiding by University of Maryland, College Park policies.
Membership shall be limited to persons officially connected with the University of Maryland, College Park as currently enrolled graduate students pursuing a degree with studies in ethnomusicology. To become a member of SISPA, interested persons must attend one organization meeting. Active voting membership is limited to graduate students registered at the time of voting. No dues are required for active, voting membership. SISPA does not restrict membership or discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, personal appearance, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. (For definitions of “personal appearance” and “sexual orientation,” see the University’s Code of Human Relations [“Code”]).