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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.

Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The DEI Working Group provides a forum for staff, faculty, and students to discuss topics related to DEI over the course of one year, resulting in a series of recommendations to NEC's leadership.  The working group will work alongside the institutional strategic planning process so that these recommendations can inform discussions at the leadership level, as well as planning outcomes.  A series of deliverables will be confirmed at the first meeting and may include. but not be limited to, an institutional DEI statement, education/training for the NEC community, considerations relative to best practices in curricula and Student Life, and a proposed structure for DEI support/staff.


The DEI Working Group first convened in May 2019 and a series of monthly meetings will begin in September 2019, continuing through May 2020.


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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:

Nick Macke
Director of Human Resources
Title IX Coordinator

Office of Human Resources

St. Botolph Building, room 203

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.

Full Title IX Policy

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)
  • SAGE