A number of curricular and cocurricular opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the Valencia campus have been designed for the purpose of creating experiential learning opportunities that enhance students’ sense of agency and social responsibility as it relates to their artistry and its place in today’s society.
Certificate for Community Engagement and Leadership
Past programs and initiatives
United Nations Senior Ambassador Program for Sustainable Development Goals
This is an opportunity for students to make a positive impact in our and their communities by developing a project that furthers one or more of the 17 sustainable developments goals established by the UN as their agenda for 2030. Senior ambassadors sponsor this agenda and promote the cultural diversity dialogue by making use of their creativity. Projects include the following:
Shifting the Conversations
Established during the academic year 2016–2017, these series aim to provide a safe space to unpack and discuss complex social issues affecting the way we navigate today’s world, while offering alternatives to bring people closer together. A highlighted event of this series was “Shifting the Conversation: Towards Balance in Music”: a powerful debate featuring a panel of industry professionals held on our campus in March 2017. This event was a collaboration with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Fund with the aim of raising awareness about gender inequalities within the music industry and come up with ideas for change.
Women in Music
Women in Music Berklee is a collaboration between the nonprofit organization Women in Music and Berklee College of Music. It provides a number of seminars, concerts, and conversation series to raise awareness about Women in Music’s mission within Berklee Valencia’s student body and the local community.
She Knows Tech
She Knows Tech has brought a number of female tech specialists to our campus to offer workshops and guidance on specific technology-related topics. The objective is to attract women into the field of music technology and to provide female references within the music tech industry to all our student body.
Collaboration with YMCA Valencia
IAMM! (I Am a Musical Mosaic) started as an afternoon workshop series for children from the YMCA in Valencia. The goal was to have kids explore their identity through music and express it through learning basic audio manipulation, poetry, and recording. This collaboration is now continued in the form of a concert led by the YMCA, in which Berklee students prepare and mentor children to gain confidence to perform on a stage in front of a crowd of strangers. This concert has now become a recurring event that celebrates the international day of tolerance and continuously features similar mentorship by Berklee students.
Valencia Film Orchestra
The Valencia Film Orchestra was established by 66 musicians from Berklee Valencia and Conservatorio Superior de Música to perform a family concert featuring the greatest soundtracks of all time. The main objective was to raise funds for Fundación FUVANE, a local organization working with children with cerebral palsy.
Boundless Music started as a student club in fall 2017 and evolved into a diversity grant project: a cultural concert series to showcase and promote the diversity of Berklee artists. The widely attended Race, Culture, and Music event on campus generated a great deal of conversation and progress within the Berklee Valencia community.
A Chance to Dream
A Chance to Dream was both a panel and a concert that took place at the Universitat Politècnica de València and at Veles e Vents. The purpose was to coach and motivate attendees to follow their dreams and use their power within music to promote social change.
Fill the Void
Fill the Void was an event that aimed to create a safe, diverse space for students and the community to come together and bring awareness to mental health and its connection to art and artistry. All benefits collected from donations went to the local organization Associació Nexe.
Kilómetro Cero, a student-led event, brought together artists, farmers, and residents of Valencia to promote local consumption and to connect music with sustainable and ecological activities.
Sofar Sounds is a series of secret pop-up concerts in private locations, fostering a warm community of diverse musicians and performers.
SAAVE Valencia (Student Allies in Anti-Violence Education) is a Berklee community that strives to be a safe space in which all narratives are celebrated.
Berklee joined forces with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, a worldwide solidarity movement that seeks to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change in favor of gender equality and to bring consciousness and awareness that gender equality is not only a women’s issue, but a human rights issue that needs to be addressed at all levels. As part of this special collaboration, members of the Berklee community shared what gender equality means to them via a #BerkleeHeForShe photo booth and met regularly to discuss how men and women might experience gender equality differently. Berklee’s contribution to the HeForShe campaign culminated in the first Mediterranean Roots Festival (Festival Raíces del Mediterráneo), organized jointly by Berklee’s Mediterranean Music Institute and the Valencia campus to celebrate the musical heritage of the Mediterranean area and its influences and fusions. A part of the two-day festival honored this campaign in a concert featuring Mexican singer and UN Women spokesperson Magos Herrera offering a Mediterranean jazz night with the Berklee Mediterranean Ensemble and Valencian alto saxophonist Perico Sambeat, in the presence of HeForShe representatives.
Berklee's Women Empower Symposium
The Berklee Women’s Empower Symposium aims to strengthen the Berklee College of Music community while providing the student body access to diverse female role models in the entertainment, media, and music businesses.
Women in Conducting
Women and Conducting aims to shed light on and raise awareness of the unbalanced presence of women in the world of conducting, and to discuss strategies and initiatives that could contribute to the elimination of the glass ceilings that exist on leadership positions in contemporary music spheres, from classical music to music direction, orchestration, and film scoring.