Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

While Black History Month is celebrated to honor and share the stories of Black people who have made significant contributions to society and advanced racial justice and civil rights, we want the history and success stories to be shared and celebrated all year long.

At studio1851, we recognize the social responsibility we have in our community. It is important to us as a student-run retail store to represent people from all backgrounds and provide a space where they can feel seen and heard. We will continue to educate ourselves, and our community, about racial injustice. We will also continue to uplift the Black community and other businesses that value diversity and inclusion on our platforms. 


Black Owned Boston 

@blackownedbos (Instagram)


Offer resources, news articles, current events, and promote local current events

Supporting Black Art/Artists



An Instagram account, @supportblackart dedicated to sharing and celebrating Black art.

@7uice on Instagram

Boston based brand created by Celtics player Jaylen Brown

They offer affordable clothing for men & women

Check them out at www.7uiceshop.com

Ways to Act/Support

Not only this month, but all year long we will be supporting Black-owned businesses by learning about those who have had success in our industry. Here are some Black female entrepreneurs to check out and support!


Kashmir Thompson

Founder of KashmirVIII, and brings Black pop culture to life. Her passion for drawing began at a young age. She has a focus on creating a sustainable brand, and now works with top celebrities like Spike Lee, Tasha Smith, and Angela Bassett, to name a few. Her work can also be seen on the HBO series: Insecure



Aliya Wanek

Founder of Aliya Wanek, she created her own womenswear brand in 2016. She hopes to provide her customers with sustainable and ethical clothing that is also stylish. Promoting individuality and one's own identity. She has grown tremendously since beginning her journey.



Shontay Lundy

Founder of Black Girl Sunscreen, she has created a sunscreen specifically created for Black women. She wanted to create a product that wouldn’t leave an unnatural white residue on her skin. In 2016 her idea became a reality, and she was able to spread awareness about the damage the sun can do to your skin even if you have darker skin. 


Lisa Price

Founder of Carol’s Daughter, she has created a collection of body, hair, and skincare products. Her journey into the beauty industry began in 1993, and now her products are sold in stores like Ulta and Target. Price’s products have been created for all hair textures and all skin types so everyone can feel their best. https://www.carolsdaughter.com/

About Butter Depot & Love for Louise 


Butter Depot established in 2017 is a Black Owned business offering cruelty-free, and paraben-free products. Their products are made in the USA and use sustainably sourced ingredients for the best possible self-care experience. Love for Louise’s whipped sugar scrubs are made with natural and ethically sourced ingredients. This brand was created as a tribute to the owner’s mother Louise after losing her in 2015.

About NHCO Botanical Bodycare


NHCO Botanical Bodycare is a bath and body care brand based in Dallas Texas founded by Nicole Hawthore. Since 2017 she has set out to create bath and skincare products that do not include synthetic ingredients that negatively affect hormones. Motivated by her personal experiences and struggles with fertility she strived to create natural products that nourish the skin while supporting hormonal balance and fertility. 

“NHCO has evolved from a small-time hobby to an effective plant-based body care line. Skincare products shouldn’t be silent enemies, whether they are for men or women, and our products are for everyone.” 

-Nicole Hawthorne, owner and creator of NHCO

NHCO skincare products are:

  1. Plant-based
  2. Cruelty-free
  3. Handmade in the USA
  4. Eco-friendly packaging 
  5. Nourishes the skin 
  6. No synthetic ingredients that negatively affect hormones 
  7. Simple ingredients 

Resources and Ways to Support

Lasell University DEI Linktree Page

Here you can find DEI resources across Lasell University’s campus including Title IX information and resources, the IC3,