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On February 10, about a dozen people who responded to Dean Sapiro’s invitation gathered for lunch to discuss the special experiences of and opportunities and challenges facing tenure and tenure-track CAS faculty who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer (LGBTQ). Other faculty members expressed an interest but were unavailable to meet at that time. The wide-ranging discussion touched on general questions of the climate for diversity in the College, particular challenges, and strategies for ensuring that CAS can provide the best work life and professional opportunities possible to our entire faculty.
Specific topics included health care and other partner benefits, strategies for making sure potential faculty and students understand that BU is welcoming and supportive, and ways that faculty can be helpful to LGBTQ students who need mentoring and support. The group discussed the importance of incorporating relevant and helpful advice to graduate students facing the job market. Participants also discussed possibilities for holding regular informal social events. For more information about the experience of LGBTQ members of the BU community, see “LGBT Voices: Life stories offer messages of hope.” For more information on the lunch discussion and possible follow-up, contact Dean Sapiro.