Andrea L. Taylor

Andrea L. Taylor

Senior Diversity Officer

As BU’s first Senior Diversity Officer, Andrea L. Taylor (COM’68) ties together two of the long-running strands of her life: her devotion to Boston University and her dedication to social justice.   

Taylor’s activism began at a young age, as she accompanied her uncle, NAACP attorney Willard L. Brown (LAW’35,’36), to demonstrations and protests, including the 1963 March on Washington. In the wake of King’s assassination in 1968, Taylor joined fellow members of Umoja, BU’s Black student union, in demanding—and winning—increased recruitment of and support for, Black students on campus.   

Taylor graduated from BU’s College of Communication with a degree in journalism in 1968. She is one of nine members of her family to attend BU. Taylor served on BU’s Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2020. She has also established the Andrea L. Taylor Family Scholarship Fund to provide need-based scholarships to undergraduate students at the College of Communication and the College of Fine Arts.   

As Senior Diversity Officer, Taylor chairs the University’s Antiracism Working Group and its Community Safety Advisory Group. She also connects and supports a range of diversity, equity, and inclusion activities across BU’s campuses, including those being undertaken by the Board of Trustees Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; the University’s individual schools and colleges; the Dean of Students office; Enrollment & Student Administration; and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in the Provost’s Office.