Diversity and Inclusion at CAS

Our mission can best be achieved through a diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment for all.

At the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, it is our belief that our intellectual community depends upon the critical but collegial collaboration of diverse individuals from multiple communities of origin, religious traditions, ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender and sexual identities, schools of thought, and ethical and political commitments, some living with disabilities. Furthermore, our mission as a tax-exempt private educational institution is to serve the public good by educating and nurturing research and discovery. These goals can only be achieved through a diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment, in which all people are, and feel themselves to be, respected as moral equals engaged in a common pursuit of expanding the boundaries of our knowledge and creativity.

We educate. Workshops & programs for faculty, staff and students. We consult. Cultural Climate, Title IX, & Resource consultations. We Partner. Academic programs, community events & trainings. We transform. D & I Action Team, CAS DEI Committee Network, Student DEI Council, & Inclusive Pedagogy Institute.

We are making real progress toward this goal.

Since the completion of our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in December 2017, CAS has laid the groundwork for the creation of a diverse and inclusive community. We have:

  • Recruited a Diversity and Inclusion Action Team
  • Created the position of Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and hired Vincent L. Stephens as inaugural associate dean.
  • Established equitable hiring protocols such as training search committee members through the Office of the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Participated actively in the University’s Emerging Scholars Program
    • African American Art History: Present Coordinate (History of Art & Architecture) 
    • Archives and Knowledge Keepers: Native American and Indigenous Studies and the Art of History (English) 
    • Emerging Scholars in Cosmology (Astronomy and Physics) 
    • Emerging Scholars in Integrative Diversity (Biology) 
    • Race in Global Perspective (Sociology)
  • Developed a Society of Fellows composed of current BU faculty and external postdoctoral scholars from a variety of disciplines
  • Integrated social justice into the curriculum via the BU Hub’s Social Justice Pathway and various departmental curricular initiatives

CAS Diversity & Inclusion Office

CAS D&I began operating as an office in January 2021. The CAS D&I Office is a primary source for CAS’s strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals, and for community members seeking guidance and support. Our goal is to meaningfully engage students, faculty, and staff in prioritizing the values of DEI in their intellectual and creative endeavors, community engagement, and daily practices.

Click here to read more about the CAS D&I Office.

Meet the team

The work we do

Undergraduate & Graduate Students

  • Hired a CAS DEI Student Engagement Coordinator to focus on the needs of CAS Students and provide resources & support accordingly.
  • Offering paid opportunities to learn about and engage with D&I work through our student internship positions.
  • Launching the Diversity & Inclusion Action Team (DIAT), which is comprised of a cross-section of CAS students, faculty, and staff.
  • Empowering student leaders & funding student-led projects through the CAS DEI Student Council (a DIAT recommendation).

Faculty & Staff

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Questions?

Email us at casdi@bu.edu.

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