Inclusion Resources at Berklee
We approach diversity as a philosophy and as an objective. Central to our purpose is our commitment to attracting the widest array of creative 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.
The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides support for Berklee’s diverse community.
Here are some of the resources we provide to create an inclusive environment for students.
Disability Services at Berklee ensures access and promotes inclusion for students with disabilities in all classes, programs, and activities on all Berklee campuses. Through collaboration and partnerships with students, faculty, and staff, Disability Services strives to lead in the creation of inclusive learning environments that are usable, equitable, and sustainable.
Learn more about Disability Services.
Overview of the Equity Team within the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) was established to provide support for Berklee’s diverse community. When parents and families send their students to Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, we know that one of your expectations is that all aspects of their identity will be supported and welcomed at Berklee, and we take that goal very seriously.
The equity leadership team responds to all reports of discrimination and harassment on the basis of any protected characteristic, as well as sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, rape, and dating and domestic violence).
Additionally, the Equity team partners with other departments, student groups, and community-based organizations to implement education and programming aimed at preventing harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct, as well as giving community members skills and resources to respond effectively when these issues occur.
Berklee’s Equity Policy and Process
The Equity Policy and Process was designed to further Berklee’s goal of inclusion, respect, and equality for all community members, and affirms Berklee’s commitment to promote fairness and equity in all aspects of the institution.
For students who report equity violations or have other involvement in an equity report, Berklee’s first step is to provide resources for support and information about options.
No student should have to go through an experience of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct alone, and there are a number of resources available to support students in the immediate aftermath or in navigating long-term support.
Families may find our Frequently Asked Questions page helpful in understanding our approach and your student’s rights and options under our equity process.
Family as Partners in Shaping Your Student’s Learning Process
Encourage open dialogue with your student regarding boundaries, relationships, respectful communication and safety. Opening the lines of communication now in a nonjudgmental way can mean that your student is more likely to come to you for support if they or someone they know experiences an equity issue.
Empower your student to be part of the solution to creating a safe and respectful community by practicing bystander intervention when they see someone who needs help or support, or when they witness problematic language or actions.
While we work to maintain a safe community, Berklee is located within the city of Boston, where crime does sometimes occur. Learn more about safety tips and trainings/services from Public Safety, including 24-hour free escort service.
If you are supporting your student through an equity process, please know that Berklee may be limited in the information that we can share with you about your student’s case. That being said, you can reach out to the equity team to learn more about what to expect and how best to support your student through their experience.
Additional Resources/Contact Information
If you or your student have questions about the equity system, we encourage you to learn more about our process, resources, and options.
Berklee offers gender inclusive restrooms in adminstrative and residential buildings.
View all gender inclusive restroom locations.
View a list of religious and cultural observances.
Worship and Prayer Spaces
Below is a list of worship and prayer spaces compiled by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Boston Synagogue
55 Martha Road, Boston, MA 02114
The Jewish Center and Central Synagogue of Boston
121 Beacon Street #2, Boston, MA 02116
Central Reform Temple
15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Islamic Society of Boston
100 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02120
Boston Islamic Center
2870 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Islamic Society of Boston
204 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA 02116
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Abundant Grace Church Boston (Nondenominational)
640 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135
To ensure that our trans* community members are safe and supported, we have developed several resources, and we encourage you to become familiar with this information. In addition, we will sponsor several dialogues and trainings for those of you who want to learn more about the trans* community.
Learn about trans* support resources.
Learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion resources and initatives happening at our campus in Valencia, Spain.