The CAS Community Values & Resources Team (CVRT) is a resource for students, staff, and faculty who aspire to be in community with each other in CAS-related environments including academic departments, administrative offices, co-curricular activities, and social events.

The Team engages the community in multiple ways including the following:

  • Advising departments and offices on effective ways to develop shared values and expectations
  • Educating the community on ways to recognize and interrupt bias
  • Offering informal, restorative resolutions to conflicts.

The Team has an educational focus that embraces the College’s belief that “diversity of thought and background furthers our mission to serve the public good through education, research, and discovery” and how this is most fully realized in “a diverse, collaborative environment.”

Creating an environment where all who engage in our community experience a sense of full participation requires ongoing education about ways to engage meaningfully across differences. Similarly, it requires an accessible way for community members to share their concerns when they are experiencing bias and conflict and seeking a resolution.

To file a report use the following link: EOO incident reporting form

The Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) reviews all incidents filed initially and determines the appropriate response path. If EOO refers the incident to CAS CVRT a designated team member will coordinate follow-up with filers and respondents to gather relevant information.

CAS CVRT is a consulting resource and is not a punitive or disciplinary body. All filers and respondents are welcome to correspond voluntarily but are not required to do so.

*The EOO reporting form has an anonymous reporting option

If you are considering filing an incident report but are unsure you are welcome to consult with the Team members listed below for general advice and support.

Kristen Shannon O’Connor (she/her), Associate Director of Graduate Affairs, GRS

Kerry Buglio (she/her), Assistant Dean, CAS Advising & Academic Services

Danielle Kane (she/her), Deputy Title IX and DEI Coordinator, CAS Diversity & Inclusion

Vincent L. Stephens (he/him), Associate Dean, CAS Diversity & Inclusion

CAS COMMUNITY VALUES & RESOURCE TEAM. Arts & Sciences aspires to create welcoming and inclusive environments where all who engage in our community experience a sense of full participation. Our unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives make us a genuinely diverse community. Sometimes our differences clash and create challenges necessitating support. WHAT IS THE CVRT? The CAS Community Values and Response Team (CVRT) is a resource for community members to share their concerns when they experience bias and conflict in a CAS classroom, departmental office, digital communication, laboratory space, meeting, or social event, and seek a resolution. WHAT IS BIAS? Bias is exclusionary, discriminatory, and/or marginalizing behavior toward a person or property based on protected identity categories, including ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS IF I EXPERIENCE BIAS IN A CAS ENVIRONMENT? Contact a member of the CAS CVRT for a consultation File an incident report using the BU Equal Opportunity Office’s (EEO) incident reporting form Explore the CAS CVRT’s website for resources on conflict resolution (personnel) and self advocacy (students)
CAS CVRT posters featuring information and reporting resources are located throughout campus in CAS department and program spaces.

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