Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion team supports the Berklee community through education, community-building programming, and resources to promote inclusion, and is led by Lacretia Johnson Flash. You can reach them at

The Equity team supports the Berklee community by administering the Equity Policy and Process, offering resources, support, and reporting options to address harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, and educating the community on prevention of and response to these issues. The Equity team is led by Kelly Downes. You can reach them at

Both teams are situated in the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which you can call at 617-747-3156.

The Mission of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our mission is to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community where all of our members can reach their full potential. We acknowledge the inherent dignity and value of each person, and work toward establishing a community where all our members are free from discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. We achieve our mission through the engagement and empowerment of all members of our community. We coordinate our efforts across the institution through education, programming, resource development and provision, and policy and process implementation.

What We Do

The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) houses Berklee’s Diversity and Inclusion team and Berklee’s Equity team. Both teams regularly coordinate on general diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programming, communications, and outreach efforts, as well as share space and administrative functions. The combined teams in the CDEI work closely with each other to coordinate and deliver the center’s signature programs and DEI educational sessions. Additionally, both teams offer specialized programming and services based on their specific areas of expertise.

Situated in the Division of Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion, CDEI serves students, faculty, and staff, as well as provides services, consultation, and leadership at the individual, programmatic, divisional, and institutional levels in service to Berklee’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.