Equity Partners Program

The Equity Partners (EP) Program began in 2018 as an initiative led by the ETUDE Faculty Scholars (login required), with support from the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and is open to all faculty and staff at the Berklee campuses in Boston, New York City, and Valencia, Spain. Equity partners commit to ongoing professional development and agree to intentionally center values of diversity, equity, and belonging as professionals in the larger Berklee community. Being part of the program signals to students and colleagues that you have volunteered to create spaces of social justice with intentionality and active advocacy. 

Equity partners sign an annual commitment letter and are expected to attend at least one workshop or training per semester, as a testament to their ongoing commitment to this work. At the end of the academic year, EPs are asked to complete a short reflection on the work they have done. Equity partners are expected to go through this process every year in order to maintain their affiliation with the Equity Partners Program.

Essential questions include the following:

  • How do we address the inequities of race, gender, privilege, or class?
  • How do we build classroom and workplace environments that are deliberate in their inclusiveness?


Professional Development

Berklee offers many opportunities/workshops (hereafter “event”) throughout the year that count towards equity partner development, including certain sessions at Opening Day and Berklee Teachers on Teaching (BTOT), as well as workshops offered through the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Human Resources, and by the ETUDE Faculty Scholars. Upcoming events are listed below. You can access a full list of diversity, equity, and inclusion events at Berklee by subscribing to the ETUDE calendar of DEI events for faculty and staff. Please be advised that not all calendar events count towards equity partners credit; eligible events will be indicated as such. Other activities may qualify, but should be submitted to etude@berklee.edu for consideration prior to attending the event should you wish to count it toward your equity partner commitment. 

Equity Parter Foundations: This workshop is offered in the first seven weeks of the fall semester, in first seven weeks of the spring semester, and once during the summer semester.

Fall-Initiated Participation: If you become an equity partner in the fall semester, you will need to attend at least one event in the second half of the fall semester and at least one event in the spring semester; end-of-the-year reflection will address both events.

Spring-Initiated Participation: You will need to attend at least one event in the second half of the spring semester; end-of-the year reflection will address this event.

Summer-Initiated Participation: You will need to attend at least one event in the fall semester and at least one event in the spring semester; end-of-the-year reflection will address both events.

Maintaining Active Equity Partner Status: You will need to attend at least one event in both the fall and spring semesters; end-of-the year reflection will address both events.


Who can be an equity partner?

All College and Conservatory faculty and staff are invited to become equity partners. The larger the network, the more of an impact this group can make. No experience with discussing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion is required; the only requirement is an interest in such conversations.

Neither ETUDE scholars nor equity partners claim to be experts in any topic around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the EP Program does not certify anyone as such. The equity partners designation recognizes that you’ve chosen to be a part of this important conversation and set aside time to engage in (often challenging) dialogues with your colleagues. By purposefully focusing on the learning and working environments within Berklee, equity partners show their commitment to working together to make Berklee a safe place for all to learn, work, and play.


Equity partners:

  • have questions;
  • want to learn more from and about their colleagues and students;
  • are open to examining their teaching practices; and
  • are willing to make themselves known as agents of support and encouragement.


Becoming an equity partner entitles you to:

  • receive a sticker to affix to a laptop or office door;
  • add an equity partner icon to your email signature, syllabi, and online faculty bio page, which says, “This is a safe space. I am an ally.” to the community; and
  • be added to a list of equity partners on campus, allowing you to make yourself known as an agent of support for students, faculty, and staff, and an ambassador of the EP Program and mission. Your use of the EP icon is contingent upon your yearly recommitment.


How do I become an equity partner?

To become an equity partner, you must attend a single, two-hour Equity Partner Foundations workshop. The sessions are facilitated by ETUDE Faculty Scholars and are offered at least twice in the first weeks of the semester in a virtual format. This session is not a formalized D&I training, but instead a workshop wherein you will engage in dialogue with colleagues on topics and questions central to equity in teaching and learning, as well as discuss and unpack terminology and vocabulary fundamental to our understanding of identity, belonging, and civil and human rights. This session is intended to provoke as many questions as it answers with the hope that attendees will want to further explore—and put into practice—pedagogical practices that enhance equity in teaching and learning.

Sessions are capped at 12 participants each. Faculty and staff may view and sign up for upcoming Equity Partners Foundations sessions on the ETUDE Workshops and Events page (login required).
 

Upcoming Events for Equity Partners Credit

Expanding the Canon: A ProArts Faculty Development Series (Virtual)

  • Friday, February 11, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, February 25, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET
  • Friday, April 1, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET

While faculty are encouraged to attend the entire series, attendance at only one session will constitute spring 2022 equity partners credit.
 

Equity Partners 2 (in person, Boston campus)
Thursday, March 31, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

This workshop is only open to those who have taken the Equity Partners Foundations session, with attendance capped at 12. The event will engage with scenario-based learning and provide an opportunity to deepen an exploration of trust and reactions. 


For a full list of diversity, equity, and inclusion events at Berklee, subscribe to the ETUDE calendar of DEI events for faculty and staff. Please be advised that not all calendar events count towards equity partners credit. Eligible events will be indicated as such. Contact etude@berklee.edu if you have any questions regarding eligibility.


Current Faculty and Staff Equity Partners

Name Department
Lee Abe Contemporary Writing and Production
Deborah Adams Academic Affairs, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Cecil Adderley Music Education
Pooja Agarwal Liberal Arts and Sciences
Enric Alberich Study Abroad/Summer Programs, Berklee Valencia
Rachel Alina Music Production and Engineering, Berklee Online
Libby Allison Music Education
Joy Arcolano Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Sheryl Bailey Guitar
Micaela Basilici Admissions
Tom Baskett Voice
Gina Beck Voice, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Rhoda Bernard Music Education
Amparo Edo Biol Contemporary Writing and Production
Gaynor Blandford Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sally Blazar Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alicia Bower Liberal Arts and Sciences
Janelle Browning Marketing and Communications
Marilyn Bulli Voice, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
George Case Voice, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Daniel Castelar Music Production, Technology, and Innovation, Berklee Valencia
Rachel Catanzariti Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Cristi Catt Voice
Janet Chwalibog Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kareem Clarke Songwriting
Rebecca Cline Ensembles
Patsy Collins Bandes Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Kasey Cox Berklee City Music Boston
Alex Crosett Theater
Beth Denisch Composition
Lee Denton-Smith Student Affairs
Andrea DiCocco Marketing
Jim Donahue Music Production and Engineering
Jan Donley Liberal Arts and Sciences
Joseph Dreeszen Alumni Affairs
Laura Duncan Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Emma Fernandez Berklee Online
Dominick Ferrara Music Education
Eunice Flanders Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lacretia Flash Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ty-Juana Flores Office of Innovation and Strategy
Jon Forsyth Global Entertainment and Music Business, Berklee Valencia
Ryan Fossier Core Music Studies, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Laura Gatzkiewicz-Mangono Berklee Valencia
Bradford Gleim Voice
Maria Goldberg Global Strategy and Innovation
Enrique Gonzalez Müller Music Production and Engineering
Jazelynn Goudy Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Cynthia Grammer Music Education
Nate Greenslit Liberal Arts and Sciences
Jessica Halton Institutional Advancement
Brendan Higgins Library
Zach Hodges Technology Support
Lucy Holstedt Harmony
Shannon Jacob Faculty Development
Dana James Alumni Affairs
Alexis Jasek Institutional Research and Assessment
Andrea Johnson Music Business/Management
Michael Johnson Contemporary Writing and Production
Ryan Jones Concert Operations
Pam Kerensky Music Business
Erica Knowles Liberal Arts and Sciences
Theresa Lang Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Stefani Langol Music Education
Victoria Large Liberal Arts and Sciences
Geneviève LeClair  Composition
Shannon LeClaire Woodwinds
Yoon-Ji Lee Composition
Sharan Leventhal Strings
Allen LeVines Composition
Christian Li Piano
Claire Marie Lim Electronic Production and Design
Reggie Lofton Video Services
Alex Ludwig Liberal Arts and Sciences
Faith Lueth Music Education
Ron Mahdi Ensembles
Mike Maieli Academic Affairs (Institutional Assessment)
Rebecca Marchand Core Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Kaimy Masse Ensembles
Margaret McAllister Composition
Clare McLeod Voice
Brian McGinnis Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Emily McInerney Enrollment Marketing
Sean McMahon Film Scoring
Maureen McMullan External Affairs
Rekha Menon Liberal Arts and Sciences
Catalina Millan (Scheiding) Berklee Valencia
Nicole Mlynczak Career Center
George Monseur Composition
Nichelle Mungo Voice
Bridget Murphy Music Education
Kera Murphy Academic Advising
JK Lynn Nash Berklee Online
Matthew Nicholl Professional Writing and Music Technology
Gabe Nichols Technology Training and Support
Liza Nichols Technology Resources
Paul Pacifico Contemporary Performance, Berklee Valencia
Jasmine Parker Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Sarah Patrick Strategic Initiatives
Walter Pavasaris Professional Music
Anne Peckham Voice
Andrea Pejrolo Contemporary Writing and Production
Jeff Perry Contemporary Writing and Production
Jes Perry Professional Music
Rene Pfister Voice
Viktorija Pilatovic Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration), Berklee Valencia
Nicholas Poche International Student Services
Nedelka Prescod Ensembles
Becky Prior Institutional Research and Assessment
Ruth Ristich Ear Training
Marcus Rojas Brass
Rachel Rome Electronic Production and Design
Mischa Salkind-Pearl Core Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Joe Santerre Bass
Joel Schwindt Core Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Queen D. Scott Ensembles
Susan Scotti Concert Operations
Elizabeth Seitz Core Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Jarritt Sheel Music Education
Eunmi Shim Harmony
Harry Skoler Woodwinds
Abria Smith Community and Government Relations
Stacey Snyder Libraries and Learning Resources
Loudon Stearns Live Experience Design, Berklee NYC
Michelle Sterling Liberal Arts and Sciences
Yamil Suarez Library Systems and Web Development
Jeri Sykes Contemporary Writing and Production
Dan Thompson Music Production and Engineering
Chrissy Tignor Berklee Online
Ilona Tipp Voice
Eirini Tornesaki Ensemble
Dennis Trainor Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Pablo Vargas  Libraries and Learning Resources
Marta Verde (Baquiero) Music Production, Technology, and Innovation, Berklee Valencia
Wayne Ward Music Education
Jessica Webb Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Kaoruko Yoshida-Pilkington Voice