Who We Are

The Black Scholars Initiative (BSI) is a campus organization for entering Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students who identify as Black or African American. BSI was established in 2017* to build Black and African American community and cultural understanding through the lens of African performing arts history and traditions.

What We Do

BSI Pre-Orientation

BSI pre-orientation is our not-to-be missed signature event, held each fall semester during the week prior to general student orientation.


BSI hosts social and cultural programs throughout the academic year to inspire community-building while helping students achieve their personal, academic, and artistic goals.

Mentoring and Advising

Our mentoring program pairs BSI students with a faculty or staff mentor, and the BSI ambassadors facilitate study sessions and community dialogues.

Get Involved

All students who identify as Black or African American are welcome to join BSI. If you did not receive an invitation, please email bsi@berklee.edu.


*The name of the organization changed from the Berklee Summer Initiative to the Black Scholars Initiative in May 2021.