“We need new ideas right now.” | Statement from Innovate@BU and Resources for Building Equitable Ideas

To all of our community members, and especially our Black community of students, faculty, and staff, we stand with you now and always and we are committed to providing you and all of our community with the resources and support to build equitable and actionable solutions to eradicate systemic racism.

The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor is a microcosm of the systemic racism in our country, the Covid-19 pandemic continues on an uncertain and troubling course, unemployment rates are staggeringly high, especially amongst the most economically disadvantaged, and the earth continues to heat up. We can either sit back or we can pick a problem and solve it. The choice is ours and the time has come to decide.

During this year’s IDEA Conference, Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, told us that “Entrepreneurs, by definition, think of new ideas and make things happen. They are not constrained by conventional thinking and practice. They dream big and are ready to work hard to bring those dreams to life. And that kind of creativity, innovation, and passion is exactly what the world needs right now.”

Let’s face it, she was absolutely right. We need new ideas right now; the old ideas and systems have not worked. If they had, people would not be needlessly dying. The combination of rage and helplessness that we feel would not be so profound. Our cities would not be looted. We would not be isolated from our friends and family. 

Less than three months ago, I would walk into the BUild Lab every day and pass by a sign that reminded me that “we envision a world where all BU Terriers are equipped with innovation skills and an entrepreneurial mindset, and are prepared to create meaningful impact in their careers and communities.” I hope to walk past that sign every day again, soon. In the interim though, we are still here to help you develop new ideas, to solve problems, and to make an impact. We are more passionate about that mission than ever. We are here to help you in any way possible. 

I hope we see the events in Minneapolis and the subsequent reaction throughout the country as a call to action. We can, together, make a meaningful difference. Reach out to us and let’s start today.

Sincerely,

Gerry Fine
Executive Director, Innovate@BU

BU Community Events & Resources:

Entrepreneurship Resources that Specifically Support Underrepresented Founders:

Resources & Readings to Help You Build Equitable Ideas & Teams:

Mental & Physical Health Resources:

  • The BU Wellbeing Project has a list of incredible resources to support your mental, physical, education, financial, and emotional wellbeing.

  • BU Student Health Services will be available primarily by tele-health appointments. For specific COVID-19 health concerns, students can connect with a nurse here.

  • If you are a student experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569. A crisis counselor from the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center is also available 24/7 at 617-353-7277 (SARP).

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