Who We Are

The Black Scholars Initiative (BSI)*, which was established in 2017, is a campus-wide program for entering Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students who self identify as Black and/or African American and was designed in content and focus to reflect Berklee’s roots in African American musical traditions with the goal of fostering a strong sense of community, support, belonging, and cultural history on campus.

All students who identify as Black or African American are welcome to join BSI. If you are an enrolled student at the College or Conservatory and not registered with BSI, email bsi@berklee.edu to schedule an appointment.

What We Do


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