BU Diversity & Inclusion (BU D&I) strives to fulfill Our Vision through these five key strategies. Expand each section to read more about how we implement these strategies and how you can get involved:
Every student, staff, faculty, leader, and alumnus has a role to play in ensuring Boston University embodies its stated institutional principles regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. In order that people have the knowledge and tools required to be effective allies, ambassadors, and change-agents, BU D&I helps build the capacity of our constituents. We catalyze meaningful conversations, hosting large- and small-scale trainings and workshops, provide funding support and grants, produce programs and points of connection to help support knowledge and skill development. We believe that through building our collective capacity, we’ll help reach our goals, harness the power of the collective, and foster greater engagement in the immediate and long term.
Set the Foundation. Shift the Culture
BU D&I seeks to influence University-wide culture, climate, practices, and policies. We build on and expand our institutional strengths, embolden campus allies and partners, and help to ensure that the many distinctive cultures across the University are inclusive, equitable and where people can thrive and be full participants in the collective endeavor. We continue to build on Boston University’s foundational principles of equity and access to education through our many events, programs, trainings, and initiatives such as the Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative.
Connect People. Foster Communities
By connecting people on our campus, we catalyze a more profound sense of collaboration, interdependence, connection, and unity among community members. We work to connect people professionally and socially along many different axes such as identity and interest area. Our goal is to ensure that the University remains an institution where our differences are understood to be a source of mutual power, insight, and effectiveness. BU D&I creates space and opportunities for our communities to thrive through Faculty & Staff Community Networks (FSCNs), regular community gatherings, social events, and more.
Offer Transparent Information & Data
Because we believe our work is collective work, BU D&I is committed to communicating transparently with BU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University through social media, regular newsletters, and more. We also believe that you can only change what you can observe and measure so we work to ensure qualitative and quantitative data inform our activities. We strive to make sure that the University’s data is as accessible and equitable as possible. View our Data Dashboard here, and visit BU Analytical Services & Institutional Research to view more in-depth data.
Recruit, Retain, Promote Thriving
BU D&I supports the recruitment and growth of our world-class faculty and staff. We work to develop faculty-specific programs through Faculty Diversity Initiatives, such as the Emerging Scholars Program, Great Topics Program, and Target of Opportunity Program. We also work to help promote thriving by supporting staff and faculty’s professional development and social engagement across the University. Read more about each of these programs here.