Diversity at Boston University
Central to the Boston University experience is a student and faculty community reflective of the world around it. So much of our institutional strength throughout history has derived from an environment that at once celebrates academic rigor and inclusiveness to individuals of all backgrounds, creeds, cultures and beliefs. Today, BU is proud to boast a diverse, truly global campus community – a vibrant intellectual hub of students and faculty representing every ethnicity and orientation and more than 140 countries around the world.
Simply put, each of us is more complete for the connections we build with classmates and colleagues of backgrounds different from our own, for the unique perspectives, ideas and experiences they bring to our campuses, and for the commitment we all share for excellence in research and scholarship.
As Boston University works to promote diversity at every level of our community, the resources on this page represent the continually growing range of programs for professional, academic and social development we proudly offer to support this effort. We hope that you find it helpful and that you’ll assist us in continuing to build this page by letting us know of new opportunities as they arise.
— Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Diversifying the Faculty
Faculty and Staff Networks
BU FSNs will focus on developing on fostering strong communities. Four networks will be focused on the following groups: Faculty/Staff Allies and Advocates, Faculty/Staff of Color, Faculty/Staff Living with Disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ identified Faculty/Staff. Learn more about the vision, mission and details of the Faculty/Staff Networks here.
Diversity Grant Opportunities
Diversity & Inclusion Events at BU
The Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion is pleased to host and sponsor a variety of community events aimed at sparking dialogue, nurturing a positive campus climate, and connecting BU faculty, students, and staff around issues of diversity, access, and inclusiveness. To learn more, please visit our events page.
Boston University Arts Initiative
The BU Arts Initiative works to deepen the presence and impact of the arts in the academic life of the University, ensuring that the arts are fundamental to the BU student experience.
BU Diversity Resources, Organizations, and Opportunities
ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM
The ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at Boston University. BU has a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which is reflected throughout the campus through educational opportunities and the career paths of our alumni/ae. The Office of the Provost instituted the ARROWS program to bolster STEM. With the launch of ARROWS, BU has taken a step forward to vertically integrate all programs on the Charles River and Medical Campuses to increase awareness of events, policies, and opportunities for women in STEM.
The Artemis Project is a five-week summer program directed by undergraduate women at Boston University. Founded in 1996 at Brown University, Artemis introduces rising 9th grade girls to computer science, targeting them at the critical age when the disparity between males and females in the sciences becomes most pronounced.
BU Admissions Student Diversity Board
The Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB) helps keep BU one of America’s most diverse centers of learning by actively recruiting from multicultural communities. This student organization works with Admissions to increase enrollment and enrich the experience of African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Native American students at BU.
BU School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
The Boston University School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs serves as the Dean’s proponent for diversity and cultural competence among students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Diversity will accomplish this mission through collaboration with all departments to develop model recruitment and retention strategies and for curriculum and faculty development.
BU Women’s Guild
Established in 1956 by then Dean of Women Elsbeth Melville, the Guild is a woman-to-woman organization that provides the women of BU with a forum to discuss topics of common interest and with the opportunity to meet women from across the campuses whom they otherwise might not get to know.
Diversity in the Questrom School of Business
With students from 33 states and more than 50 nations around the globe, the BU Questrom School of Business provides numerous links and opportunities for those of diverse backgrounds to connect with classmates through clubs, organizations and blogs. Visit the Questrom School of Business website to learn more.
Faculty Development Diversity Links
The Office of the Provost’s Faculty Development website offers a host of diversity-relevant resources and services – both internal and external – designed to assist with faculty recruitment, professional growth, and inclusion.
First Generation Connect
This University Service Center program provides regular receptions, workshops and publications designed to enrich the undergraduate experience for students who are the first in their families to attend college.
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering
Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at Boston University strives to create a community to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Through professional development seminars and workshops, social events, mentoring, and outreach, GWISE fosters interaction across all disciplines at BU and connects graduates students to postdocs, faculty, and broader networks in Boston and beyond.
Howard Thurman Center
The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground preserves Dr. Howard Thurman’s legacy of breaking barriers of divisiveness, providing opportunities for personal growth and community building through special programs, events, and resources.
Posse Foundation Scholarship
This four-year, full-tuition scholarship, provided by BU in partnership with the Posse Foundation, identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.
Student Activities Cultural Groups
With more than 450 student organizations, BU provides opportunities for students to connect with classmates across a range of areas and interests, from hobbies, athletics and academic pursuits to cultural backgrounds. Browse all of the cultural groups on the Student Activities website.