Initiatives

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.

BU Arts Initiative

The BU Arts Initiative was launched in 2012 to ensure that the arts are deeply embedded in the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University. In coordination with the Provost’s Arts Council, the staff of the BU Arts Initiative work to bring visibility and recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU, and to help students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience.

Data Science Initiative

Launched in 2014, Boston University’s Data Science Initiative (DSI) seeks both to leverage BU’s existing strengths and further expand its capacity to compete and lead in the Big Data revolution. At the core of DSI is an effort to recruit some of the world’s finest interdisciplinary faculty with proven track records in data science and strong potential for long-term impact at BU and beyond. Anchored at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering, the Initiative supports the hiring of a cohort of faculty members who will complement and expand BU’s footprint in data science research.

Digital Learning Initiative

BU has created the Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) to address challenges and harness opportunities associated with the transformation of the higher education landscape brought forth by digital learning technologies. The Digital Learning Initiative operates in an agile, start-up mode to foster and support strategic learning innovation activities. DLI’s mission is to spearhead the University’s most innovative projects in online learning, uninhibited by pre-existing culture and structures.

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.

Initiative on Cities

The mission of the BU Initiative on Cities (IoC) is to engage researchers, policy makers, and constituencies from the United States and around the world to help plan for development of the sustainable infrastructure and essential services required for cities to flourish in the years ahead. Co-directed by former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Prof. Graham Wilson, Chair of the Department of Political Science, the IoC is affiliated with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and sponsors symposia, directed studies and conferences tackling a variety of municipal challenges, from economic development and health care delivery, to education, security and transportation.

Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants

A collaboration between the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching & Learning, Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants give faculty additional time and resources to create new courses or redesign existing courses that cross department, program, and school/college boundaries. The awards are intended to promote faculty and student collaboration across disciplines in support of innovative undergraduate and doctoral education. They focus particularly, but not exclusively, on courses that build on or might lead to interdisciplinary research efforts.

Senior Faculty Hiring Initiative

The Senior Faculty Hiring Initiative has been established by the University Provost in an effort to enhance the Boston University faculty with the recruitment of up to 15 exceptional senior faculty members. These individuals must demonstrate a record of excellence and the capacity for substantive academic contributions. More information on the initiative can be found in the Provost’s original announcement. Members of the Senior Faculty Hiring Initiative Advisory Committee may access materials here. (Kerberos required)

STEM Education Initiatives

Launched in 2013 by the University Provost, The Office of STEM Education Initiatives works with Boston University faculty and students to strengthen the effectiveness of instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through collaboration across Schools and Colleges and a network of interdisciplinary resources, STEM Education Initiatives support the development of innovative programs and efforts to advance training and the sharing of best practices.