Simone A. Francis
Simone A. Francis (she/hers), assistant director of student engagement, leads student diversity and inclusion programming at Berklee’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In her role, she aims to amplify student voices, foster a sense of belonging for communities who have historically been pushed to the margins, and create innovative ways for Berklee community members to engage with social justice, antiracism, intersectional community building, and counter-storytelling. One example is the Black Lives Matter Capsule she manages on berkleecdei.com.
Previously, she has spearheaded diversity initiatives at New York University Shanghai in Shanghai, China; overseen a residential social justice program at Indiana University Bloomington; served with Diversity Abroad as a fellow; and worked with an international precollege program at Stanford University. The creator and host of Arts & Culture / reIMAGINED, she serves on the American College Personnel Association directorate boards of the Pan-African Network and the Coalition of Multicultural Affairs.
Francis earned her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and her bachelor’s degree in biology at New York University. She is a first-generation West Indian nature enthusiast and world traveler from Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite quote is by poet, writer, activist, and Chicana/feminist/queer theory scholar Gloria E. Anzaldúa: "Do work that matters. Vale la pena."