Community and Government Programs
Commonwealth Avenue Improvements
Beginning in 1994, Boston University, in conjunction with city, state, and federal agencies, began working on a plan to revitalize and improve Commonwealth Avenue. In 2007, the project came to fruition. At an overall cost of $13 million, the project includes wider sidewalks, additional trees and streetlights, articulated crosswalks, and the reduction of three lanes of through traffic to two lanes. The cost to Boston University is approximately $3 million.
The Director of Community Relations and the Community Relations Liaison on the Charles River Campus facilitate communication between the University and its neighbors. They work closely with residents and officials in Boston and Brookline neighborhoods responding to inquiries, coordinating programs with local business associations, organizing efforts to meet community needs and are members of many of the local community boards. Some of the community initiatives include sponsorship of the After the Prom Party at Brookline High School, distribution of gift cards at Thanksgiving to families living in the Brookline Housing Authority’s Egmont/Trustman Apartments, sponsorship of Hamilton School student athletic program at the University’s Case Center, and participation and sponsorship of the Mayor’s Summer in the City family day at Boston University which was attended by 2,500 Boston residents. The Community Affairs’ office also distributes books at the holidays to one thousand elementary school children in Boston attending the following schools: Emerson, Cathedral Grammar, Clap, Hurley, Orchard Gardens, Quincy, Saint Patrick’s, Blackstone, Russell, Gardner, Horace Mann, Hamilton, Conservancy Charter, Winship, Garfield, and Kids are People 2. The office also distributes free tickets to University athletic and cultural events, and contributes monetary donations to local charities.
The Director of Community Outreach at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is the liaison between BUSM and the surrounding communities. The Director works closely with community leaders and community organizations and develops productive working relationships with the residents. Some of the community initiatives include distribution of computers to the residents of local housing developments and youth groups; distributions of free tickets to University athletic and cultural events and in conjunction with the Director of Community Relations, distribution of holiday books to over 700 Boston Public School students. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/community.
Information: 617-353-2078 (Charles River Campus)
Community Task Force
Since 1984, University and local representatives from neighborhood organizations have used the Boston University Community Task Force as a public forum to discuss community issues. University administrators, planners, and consultants also meet regularly with representatives of neighboring community organizations. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/community.
Government & Community Affairs
Serving as the primary administrative group linking the University with the community, this office recognizes that Boston University has an impact on its neighbors and works to ensure that this impact is positive. The office maintains frequent contact with area residents and state and local leaders, keeping them informed about University development plans, evolving programs, cultural events, lectures, workshops, and seminars offered to the community. The Director of State Relations represents the University’s interests before the Legislature, the Board of Higher Education, and the executive branch of state government. The Director of City Relations maintains contact with the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, and City agencies. The Director of Community Relations, Director of Community Outreach/BUSM, and the Community Relations Liaison keep communication open between the University and its neighbors, working closely with residents and officials in the Boston neighborhoods of Kenmore Square, Audubon Circle, Allston, Brighton, the South End, Lower Roxbury, Chinatown, Dorchester, and the Town of Brookline. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/community/govcomm.
Boston University, in cooperation with Community Task Force representatives and city agencies, was the first area institution to develop a Master Plan approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The first Master Plan for the Charles River Campus, covering 1986 to 1996, analyzed the University’s needs (housing, enrollment, parking, academic, and recreation) and studied potential sites to accommodate the University’s changing needs. The University’s second Master Plan, for 1997 to 2002, resulted from a 14-month review process, including five meetings of the Community Task Force and extensive input from the City of Boston. The plan was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in October 1997. Beginning in the fall of 2002, the University began work on its third Master Plan. This seven-year plan, for 2003 to 2010, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in March 2003, after seven meetings of the Boston University Community Task Force.
Through this program, the Director of Community Relations rides with the Boston Police and the Brookline Police on designated weekends to ensure prompt response to neighborhood concerns involving students’ off-campus behavior. Boston University students found to be in violation of the Code of Student Responsibilities, after a disciplinary hearing, are sanctioned by the Dean of Students. Visit our current website at www.bu.edu/police/services/ride.
Information: 617-353-2078, firstname.lastname@example.org
State and City Relations
The Director of State Relations represents the University’s interests before the legislature, the Board of Higher Education, and the executive branch of state government. The Director of City Relations works with the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, and city agencies.
Transportation Solutions for Commuters, Inc. (TranSComm)
TranSComm is a proactive organization committed to working collaboratively with the community and local, state, and federal agencies to propose and implement better transportation options for its neighbors, employees, staff, students, patients, and visitors. This program, serving the Boston University Medical Center, is a cooperative effort to coordinate the transportation needs of the thousands of people who receive daily care from, are employed by, or study at the sponsoring institutions. By working with the Boston Transportation Department, TranSComm continues to promote public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and cycling programs to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in the neighborhood. Visit our current website at www.bumc.bu.edu/gs/transcomm.