Counseling and Advising Center | Intercultural Outreach
Intercultural understanding and support is offered to international and ALANA students, as well as the Berklee student body at large. Outreach services may include one-on-one discussion; small group dialogue; participation in seminar/workshop series, events, and special projects; academic planning guidance; career advising; and referrals to on-campus support, including tutoring, mentoring, and scholarship, internship, career, and student club resources.
Berklee College of Music Antidiscrimination Policy
Berklee promotes mutual respect, equity, social and cultural awareness, appreciation, and international fellowship among all students, staff and faculty.
ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) students born in the United States continue to encounter specific socioeconomic hurdles. Through Intercultural Outreach efforts, the Counseling and Advising Center seeks to provide academic, personal, and cultural reinforcement to facilitate the success of ALANA students at Berklee. To this end, the center offers an array of advising, special events, activities resources, peer connections, opportunities for unique cultural expression, and bridges to the wider Berklee community for overall institutional support.
Berklee College of Music has a vast population of international students, comprising 26 percent of its student body. The Counseling and Advising Center offers a range of services to help students from nations overseas to become acclimated to the Berklee community, Boston area, and American society at large. The Intercultural Outreach and International Advising teams at the Counseling and Advising Center work in tandem to ease the cultural transition of international students and learn from their unique cultural traditions, through specialized orientation activities and by encouraging their ongoing participation in social events.
All Berklee students are encouraged to attend a variety of engaging seminar/workshop offerings that cultivate sensitivity and greater understanding toward groups of diverse national/ethnic/racial, gender, social identity/orientation, and religious/philosophical backgrounds. These are designed as a forum for students to learn from the experiences and traditions of others, and share their own in small or larger group settings. The seminars/workshops extend the mission of the Counseling and Advising Center into the wider Berklee community and provide healthy dialogue and collaboration among students, and link students to faculty and staff.
Outreach to students includes invitations to special programs that fuse the arts with cultural diversity education. Events and programs are designed to enable students to grow in their appreciation of diversity, and to understand the intricate connection between music, their role as artists, arts facilitators, arts educators and advocates.