The Berklee Summer Initiative (BSI), which began in fall 2017, is a program for entering Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students. The overall goal of the BSI is to foster a strong sense of Black and African American community, support, belonging, and cultural understanding on campus. It was designed to focus and reflect on African traditions and history within music, dance, and theater.

The BSI program kicks off with the Pre-Orientation, which is a signature component of the program (and one that shouldn’t be missed), followed by opportunities for mentoring, professional development, and social and cultural programming throughout the academic year. The academic-year programs are designed to help students achieve their personal, academic, and artistic goals while continuing to develop a strong network comprising faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students.

BSI programming throughout the academic year includes the following:

  • BSI Family Dinners, monthly themed opportunities to connect with departments on campus in an informal setting
  • Workshops and check-ins with the Career Center that focus on goal setting, professional development, and career objectives
  • Judgment-free study sessions with the Harmony Department, including George Russell Jr., chair; other faculty; and peer tutors