Meet the Diversity and Inclusion Team
Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Lacretia Flash has been at Berklee since January 2018. Previously, she served as the senior advisor and chief of staff in the Division of Human Resources, Diversity, and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Vermont (UVM), where she helped establish the President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence and led the campus-wide implementation of the university's framework for inclusive excellence. Prior to that, she was the assistant dean of students in UVM's Division of Student Affairs, where she created and led the division's diversity council and provided leadership for major strategic initiatives.
She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies at UVM and was awarded the Susan Hasazi ALANA Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Doctoral Education. Her dissertation research and other work has influenced scholars, practitioners, and administrators nationwide. In her current role, she provides leadership for strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives. She has a passion for facilitating the education and learning of all members of the Berklee community to deepen their awareness, knowledge, and skills around issues of identity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. She wants all members of the Berklee community to bring their full selves to the unique educational experience at Berklee so they can grow, flourish, and thrive.
She has a deep love for the visual and performing arts, creates jewelry from her collection of over 60 pounds of beads, makes paper mixed-media wall pieces, and is an avid gardener and humble ballet student. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Coordinator and Outreach Assistant
Amanda Bedford started at Berklee in June 2018 and brings a wide range of experience from the fields of higher education and the arts to this role. She most recently served as a project coordinator for Lesley University's Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Prior to her work at Lesley, she held positions at the Boston Children's Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
She attended Hartwick College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in musical theater and a theater arts minor. In her current role, she supports creative programming, equitable policy, and institutional diversity to help the center serve as an educational and positive resource for the Berklee community.
Outside Berklee, she is very involved in community theater, serving on the board of directors of the Footlight Club, America's oldest continuously running community theater, and participating on stage as much as she can. Also an avid reader, she lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two cats.