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Commitment to Cultural Equity & Belonging

New England Conservatory is committed to providing a safe environment for learning, working, and performing where all members of the community are valued and respected and can reach their personal and artistic potential.

Believing that a vital and diverse community is built on the respect of individuals, NEC fosters an atmosphere of intellectual and artistic freedom, and encourages the open exchange of ideas and creative initiatives. Learning at NEC is an active process that is encouraged and supported by common respect for the talents and potential of each member of the community. An essential part of an NEC education is gaining a deep appreciation of the traditions and cultures from which music originates.

Systemic racism, unconscious bias, and white supremacy generate countless imbalances of equity, equality, and access. It doesn’t matter whether these imbalances are unintentional; what does matter is that we as an institution take action to identify them, understand their impact, and intentionally dismantle and reset them.

We must examine ourselves, and systematically advance respect, equity, and justice—within NEC first, throughout our field more broadly, and ultimately across society.

Here, we will share details about the systematic and comprehensive process NEC is taking, and will establish frequent and transparent communication about the process, the progress being made, and opportunities for the entire NEC family to get involved.

To get involved, please contact Stanford Thompson, Special Advisor to the President, at belonging@necmusic.edu


    Events

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    NEC Perspectives Forum | Monday, July 14, 2020

    NEC Perspectives Forum | African-American Studies and Jazz Studies @ NEC | Monday, August 3, 2020

    NEC Perspectives Forum | Race's Influence on Culture @ NEC | Monday, August 10, 2020

    NEC Perspectives Forum | NEC: 50 Years Apart | Thursday, September 17, 2020

    NEC Perspectives Forum | Envisioning a Culturally Equitable NEC | Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    NEC Perspectives Forum | The Asian and Asian-American Experience | Monday, March 8, 2021 

    NEC Perspectives Forum | Breaking the Mold in Model Minority: Part I | Monday, March 15, 2021

    NEC Perspectives Forum | Breaking the Mold in Model Minority: Part II | Monday, March 22, 2021


    Phase I Report


    Previous communications

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    CEB Advisory Council

    NEC’s Cultural Equity and Belonging (CEB) Advisory Council serves as the central body to make recommendations regarding institutional  goals, strategies, and commitments around equity and belonging. The council functions as a thought partner for the president, providing perspective, advice, and insights to make NEC a welcoming place to learn and work. The Council is a volunteer group comprised of individuals drawn from students, staff, faculty, alumni, trustees and president’s council, and other members of the NEC community, serving one-year terms.

    Advisory Council Members

    • President Andrea Kalyn, Co-Chair 
    • Monique Van Willingh, Co-Chair
    • Margie Apfelbaum
    • Arielle Armstrong
    • Megan Barret
    • Rebecca Bogers
    • Bruce Brubaker
    • Paola Caballero
    • Susan Calkins
    • Tami Cherdack
    • Mark Churchill
    • Darynn Dean
    • Dominique Eade
    • Eliot Fisk
    • Barbara Glauber
    • Helen Greenwald
    • Thomas Handel
    • Leah Hennessy
    • Paul Katz
    • Robert Labaree
    • Christine Lamprea
    • Jae Cosmos Lee
    • Eden MacAdam-Somer
    • Jahnvi Madan
    • Joshua Major
    • James Markey
    • Stratis Minakakis
    • Mai Motobuchi
    • Hankus Netsky
    • Thomas Novak
    • Nnamdi Odita-Honnah
    • Daniel Orsen
    • Merry Peckham
    • Akshitha Ramachandran
    • Laura Reyes
    • Felicia Sandler
    • Ken Schaphorst
    • Andrew Schartmann
    • Bert Seager
    • Laura Smolowitz
    • Benjamin Sosland
    • Steven Sweat
    • Valerie Szepiwdycz
    • Montserrat Torras Salvador
    • Elizabeth Van Voorhis
    • Erica Washburn
    • Frances Wilmerding
    • Beyonce Zambrano

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    Student Organizations

    NEC's many student Clubs & Organizations celebrate and promote the diversity of our student body. 

    We aim to promote friendship, dialogue, and understanding among all students. Our current Student Clubs & Organizations are listed below. If you don't find what you're looking for, you can start your own group! Stop by the Student Housing and Activities Center for information.

    2019-2020 Student Organizations

    • Asian Student Association (ASA)
    • Board Game Club
    • Black Student Union (BSU)
    • Christian Fellowship
    • Join or Die (Theater Group)
    • Queer Union for the Equality of Students and Teachers (QUEST)
    • Students Advocating for Gender Equality (SAGE)

       

    View Student Clubs & Organizations

     

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    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    New England Conservatory is committed to providing a safe environment for learning, working, and performing where all members of the community are valued and respected and can reach their personal and artistic potential.

    Believing that a vital and diverse community is built on the respect of individuals, NEC fosters an atmosphere of intellectual and artistic freedom, and encourages the open exchange of ideas and creative initiatives. Learning at NEC is an active process that is encouraged and supported by common respect for the talents and potential of each member of the community. An essential part of an NEC education is gaining a deep appreciation of the traditions and cultures from which music originates.

    This page will continuously be updated with more information on NEC's Cultural Equity and Belonging initiatives.

    Anti-Discrimination Policy

    New England Conservatory does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic make-up, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.

    Title IX Policy

    Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual- or Gender-Based Discrimination and Harassment

    New England Conservatory (NEC) is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment. We comply with all state and federal guidelines relating to sexual misconduct and sexual or gender‑based discrimination or harassment, including Title IX of the Higher Education Amendment Act (1972), the Violence Against Women Act (1994 and 2013), and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (2013). This policy applies to allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual or gender‑based discrimination and harassment at NEC as mandated by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and applies to all members of the NEC community. Allegations of sexual misconduct involving any member of the NEC community may be reported to:

    Katrina Chapman
    Counsel and Director of Compliance
    Title IX Coordinator
    617-585-7043

    Sexual misconduct and sexual or gender‑based discrimination or harassment can take a number of forms, including intimidation and the creation of a hostile environment. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, or people who know each other well, including between people who are or have been involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. It can be committed by anyone, regardless of gender or gender identity, and can occur between people of the same or different sex or gender. This policy prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual or gender‑based discrimination or harassment.

    View the full Title IX Policy

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