Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Pathways for Success
As outlined by Boston University Diversity & Inclusion (BU D&I), BU’s story “is constantly evolving, informed by a rich history of inclusion and a present day influenced by thousands of unique perspectives.” BU D&I works collaboratively, with academic leaders across Boston University, including the College of Fine Arts, with a goal of building a positive and inclusive campus environment, ensuring “pathways to success and participation are open to every member of the BU community.”
Learn more about BU’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives at CFA
School of Visual Arts Statement
As artists, researchers, and educators, we at Boston University School of Visual Arts (SVA) value honesty, brave conversation, committed engagement, and informed intellectual and artistic freedom. Curiosity, rigor, and the practice of questioning assumptions are vital to our work. The SVA community is attentive to the importance of showing, discussing, and including artists, educators, and thinkers who represent people and cultures whose contributions may have been minimized or excluded.
We strive, in our classes, to be inclusive of all community members, with an intentional regard for differences of race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, ability, and religion and other beliefs. Rather than assume any individual represents a larger group, we recognize that each student has their own experiences. We seek to provide the highest quality education for all students, along with strong support systems so that all can do their best work and contribute to robust and diverse pedagogical environments, inside and outside our program. These principles – in action – are essential to educating contemporary artists and designers.
School of Music Statement
BU School of Music is a community of musicians, scholars, and educators committed to diversity and inclusion in all of our approaches to classical, contemporary, and global music. We foster reflection and gain new perspectives on the musical traditions we study and perform by actively questioning our inherited traditions and rethinking our role as active artists. Learn more about School of Music DEIA and Antiracism efforts.
School of Theatre Statement
The School of Theatre strives as a community to commit to honest conversations, and open dialogue about the practices and structures that brought us to the present day. We work collectively to dismantle racism and bias by training, research, and communication. We celebrate the values of an equitable accessible atmosphere where belonging is a natural state.
As theatre changes we embrace the dialog for a new way of working that does not repeat the mistakes of the past but seeks new ways of imagining our future rehearsal halls, theatre spaces, and studios. As a progressive theatre school with an obligation to best, equitable, and accessible practices we commit to finding the pathways that make that possible.
BU’s Student Resources
With hundreds of clubs and organizations, housing based on shared interests, and a curriculum that values experiential and collaborative learning, there are countless ways to connect.
If you’re first in your family to attend college, you can find hundreds of students just like you through our first-generation student program. If you’re looking for a welcoming place to discuss the issues of the day, from race to gender to politics, there’s a conversation waiting for you at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground. And if you have a physical disability, our Disability & Access Services will make sure nothing stands in your way.
While far from exhaustive, find below a link to BU resources for students.
A Crowdsourced Cultural Guide to Boston
From wellness resources to restaurant tips, Boston University has put out the call for local recommendations in an effort to share Boston’s cultural and community resources with current and prospective Terriers…and nearly 35,000 students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff answered.
The result is a robust, searchable online resource: The Curated, Crowdsourced, Cultural Guide to Boston. Experience the diverse and dynamic city of Boston with BU’s crowdsourced, curated cultural guide.