Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Masters Commencement participants

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was established to provide support for Berklee’s diverse community. Our responsibility is to integrate the variety of cultural values and perspectives at Berklee into what we do at all levels through policy development, resources and education, and sponsorship of initiatives for staff, faculty, and students. These strategies are designed to nurture a spirit of respect for, openness to, and awareness of the spectrum of values and backgrounds that enrich our environment.

The Aim for Diversity

We approach diversity as a philosophy and as an objective. Central to our purpose is our commitment to attracting the widest array of music innovators into the Berklee community and providing an environment that supports their creative process. We also seek to integrate these values into teaching and decision making, as our students are influenced through leadership as much as through curriculum.

Recent Berklee GLBT Leadership Awardees

We are happy to announce the 2018 award recipients of the Berklee College of Music GLBT Leadership Fund. This award, established in 2008 through an alumna gift, recognizes student leaders who have recently worked to benefit the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ community on or off campus. Applications are open to all full-time Berklee students, regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Xingyu Yao: A strong ally to the LGBTQ+ community through professional advocacy, individual support, and cultural transformation through arts
  • Nicole Gemmiti: Organized and created programs for Berklee Pride Week, a week-long series of events that work to promote acceptance and visibility of LGBTQ+ students
  • Zoe Michelle Schneider: Brings LGBTQ+ representation to all spaces across the Berklee campus

GLBT Allies (login required) at Berklee is an organization supported by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Berklee College of Music for people who are working together to promote a safe and supportive campus atmosphere for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ members of the Berklee community. People who display this symbol are acknowledging their role as allies to all of the Berklee community, including straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ people.