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

Artemis Project

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 School of Management

With students from 33 states and more than 50 nations around the globe, the BU School of Management provides numerous links and opportunities for those of diverse backgrounds to connect with classmates through clubs, organizations and blogs. Visit the School of Management 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.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Programming

Boston University’s annual ceremony is among the largest and longest standing in the City of Boston, routinely drawing more than 1,000 attendees from throughout the community to honor the life of the civil rights leader and BU alumnus. Learn more on the Dean of Students website.

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.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at Boston University is a community of students and faculty devoted to fostering a supportive research environment for women across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. WISE programs for graduate and undergraduate students and faculty include professional development seminars and workshops, mentoring, leadership training and social events and outreach, all designed to promote success and greater diversity within the STEM fields.