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There are 8 comments on BU Creates Senior Diversity Post, Taps Longtime Trustee

  1. I’m sure that Andrea Taylor, as a now former trustee of the University, is aware the BU has frozen salaries and stopped retirement contributions for all employees, a decision which disproportionately impacts the lowest paid employees, many of them minorities. I am assuming that our suffering is not paying for the creation of just another diversity politruk https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/politruk and that position is pro bono. Knowing how hypocritical BU administration and political elites can be, I have my doubts.

  2. Congratulations on your appointment to the senior diversity post. I remain grateful to you and others who took over the administration building in 1968 and demanded that more black students be admitted to BU. I am one of the 100 freshmen who arrived on campus that year and took full advantage of that life-changing experience. Umoja and the MLK Center played a central role in my retention and graduation as a member of the class of 1972. Just met via Zoom with a small group of BU black alums and based on my 45 years of experience in higher education there is a great deal of work to be done.

    All best wishes.
    Dr. Deborah Reid (Bryant), SED 1972
    Retired Assistant Dean, University of Maryland College Park

  3. Congratulations Andrea!

    All the best to you on your new journey. My parents and yours would be so proud of of you. We go back a long time since we were children.

    Be well ad best of luck!


  4. This is a strong step in the right direction for BU, as the University continues its tradition of full inclusion for all in the educational community. I am proud of my Alma Mater today, and I look forward to watching the advances that will come from Andrea’s leadership and collaboration with the B.U. community.

  5. Congratulations to Andrea Taylor and Boston University for creating this position. Andrea Taylor is a visionary leader and will do well assisting BU into the future.

  6. Trustee Taylor’s appointment is exciting and potentially transformative. I am wondering if any efforts will be made to better connect and centralize the various “Diversity & Inclusion” administrators housed in individual schools and colleges?

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