In BU’s chandeliered Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, some 140 faculty and staff are gathered at a sea of round tables for the first of Williams’ many “thematic listening sessions,” aimed at helping her understand BU and learn “where people see opportunities for moving forward with equity, inclusiveness, and justice.”
Williams, BU’s first associate provost for diversity and inclusion and its senior diversity officer, poses two questions: How should the University change to better support faculty and staff who are underrepresented racially and ethnically? What programs and resources are needed?
She asks for one or two takeaways from each table. “I want to harness the power of your collective thinking,” she says.
Judging from the back-and-forth among junior and senior faculty, postdocs, administrators, and administrative assistants, it’s a conversation that people are eager to have.