#GivingTuesday: How to get involved

From learning about the history of diversity at Boston University to taking a virtual tour of the Howard Thurman Center, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the University prior to Giving Tuesday.

A crowdsourced, cultural guide to Boston

Diversity & Inclusion at BU has been querying nearly 35,000 students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff for local recommendations in an effort to share Boston’s cultural and community resources with current and prospective Terriers. The result is a robust, searchable online resource. Now it’s time for our alums to submit their suggestions.

The COVID racial data tracker

The tracker advocates for, collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic across the United States. A collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the BU Center for Antiracist Research, it is the most complete race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the country. Explore the data.

The Howard Thurman Center’s new building

Imagine walking into a space where, in one area, students are engaged in a heated debate about what kind of macaroni & cheese is best. In another corner, a chorus of cheers erupts as someone slams down a “skip” card while playing Uno. In another, students nobly attempt to study but inevitably find themselves in conversations on pop culture, college, and the meaning of life. Welcome to the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (HTC).

Whether it’s by playing board games, reading and discussing books, chatting over cups of coffee or tea, or speaking up at forums and panels, students who involve themselves in the HTC will create a community filled with peers from all backgrounds and walks of life. Take a virtual tour of the Howard Thurman Center.

BU’s history of diversity

Boston University’s founding mission was built upon inclusion, regardless of gender, race, or religion. The University was the first in the nation to admit women to medical school, to produce a Native American physician, and to award a Ph.D. to a woman. BU educated a future civil rights icon and the youngest woman to serve in Congress. Almost 200 years since that original mandate, the University is redoubling efforts to honor and fulfill its promise of inclusion and equity. Take a look back at some significant milestones along the way.

A Day of Collective Engagement

As a university dedicated to knowledge and truth, it is the responsibility of our entire community to learn, think, and act in pursuit of social justice. In that spirit, Boston University held a day of collective learning and reflection on race, racism, and their impact on our society and communities. Watch the videos from June 24, 2020 on-demand.