Who We Are
The Antiracism Working Group (AWG) is an 18-member committee that includes senior University leaders and faculty from various disciplines. Click here to view a committee roster.
What We Do
Boston University is committed to making profound changes to reflect the nation’s diversity. Our goal is to create an environment where all members of our community — students, staff, and faculty — know they are valued, respected, and welcomed at an institution where they can thrive and achieve the highest levels of excellence. The charge to the AWG is to systematically examine policies and practices across the University and make timely recommendations to the President and other senior leaders to advance diversity and equity and to create a more inclusive environment focused on excellence and research. Aligned with BU’s Strategic Plan, AWG will identify specific goals and assess our progress toward achieving the goals, shared transparently with the President, BU leadership, and our community.
What We’ve Done
After conducting several listening sessions in the fall of 2022, the AWG’s Policies Subcommittee proposed that new and revised policies include an assessment form describing how the proponents considered DEIB factors in their policy recommendations. Advocates will work with University leadership to gain support for a policy’s content and adoption.
In the spring of 2021, the formerly established Calendar Subcommittee spent months holding meetings and focus groups examining the University’s observed holidays to ensure they support a truly inclusive campus environment. This work resulted in two significant changes to the University calendar: adding Juneteenth as an observed holiday and replacing Columbus Day with the observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Additionally, the formerly established Human Resources Subcommittee—charged with improving the University’s efforts to hire, promote, and retain a diverse workforce—collaborated with consulting firm Korn Ferry to conduct BU’s first all-staff survey in 25 years. The survey was offered in three languages, and of BU’s 6,000 staff members, 75% seized the opportunity to provide feedback on their work climate. The survey also informed BU’s remote work policy and the creation of the Task Force on Workplace Culture to make BU a more welcoming workplace for all.