Lacretia Johnson Flash
Lacretia Johnson Flash (she/hers), assistant vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, provides strategic vision and leadership for Berklee’s institutional diversity and inclusion initiatives and priorities. She advises Berklee’s leaders on practices and strategies to achieve inclusive excellence, and collaborates with stakeholders and partners across the institution to support the goal of becoming a more inclusive community. Flash oversees the Diversity and Inclusion team in the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Throughout her career, Flash has led institutional diversity and inclusion efforts, and has contributed to the national conversation on diversity and multicultural change in higher education organizations through her research and scholarship on multicultural organizational development, keynote addresses and speeches, and a nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development series.
Prior to joining Berklee, Flash served as a senior advisor and chief of staff at the University of Vermont, where she helped establish the President’s Commission for Inclusive Excellence and led the implementation of the university’s Framework for Inclusive Excellence. As an educator, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on cultural pluralism in higher education, survey research methodology, leadership, and service learning. She believes that leading with compassion, authenticity, and humility are critical to creating spaces for deep learning and sustained engagement.
Flash earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont, a Master of Education from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland. In addition to her professional work, Flash is passionate about the visual arts, dance, and gardens.