Survey of BU Diversity Efforts Now Open to Staff

Make Your Voice Heard!

On Monday, March 22, Boston University Human Resources launched a diversity, equity, and inclusion staff survey, led by consulting firm Korn Ferry. All staff are encouraged to participate in the survey by April 2. The survey aims to evaluate BU’s current efforts to hire, promote, and retain a diverse staff workforce and recommend improvements to these processes.

Click here to go to BU Today to learn more about the survey and how you can participate.

Learn More Series: History of Treatment of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities with Dr. Michael Wehmeyer

For this Learn More Series keynote speaker event, Dr. Michael L. Wehmeyer joins us from The University of Kansas Department of Special Education to give a longitudinal view of the history of the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. This event was originally hosted via Zoom on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

Dr. Wehmeyer was introduced by Oscar Hughes, doctoral student in the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Following Dr. Wehmeyer's presentation, Hughes led the group in a brief Q&A session.

The Learn More Series is BU Diversity & Inclusion's (BU D&I) signature program. Each year, BU D&I dives into a single topic of social importance through events, discussions, and programs — this year, we are exploring disability and the impact of ableism.

Full audio transcript and chat files captured during the event are available upon request. Email

BU Today: “D&I Learn More Series: History of Treatment of People with Intellectual Disabilities”

According to Michael L. Wehmeyer, University of Kansas Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor and chair of special education and an expert on education and supporting youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the fight to create support systems, accommodations, and self-advocacy for such people has changed significantly from the 1800s to today.

BU D&I Now Hiring Learning & Training Facilitation Fellow

September 27, 2021 — Boston University Diversity & Inclusion (BU D&I) seeks a motivated, organized, and reliable Learning and Training - Facilitation Fellow to join the team in this inaugural role. The Fellow must be a current BU graduate, or professional student from any degree program. With mentorship and guidance from the BU D&I Learning and Training Director and BU D&I L&T Specialist, the successful candidate will primarily manage and facilitate training sessions and workshops for the BU's audience, including staff, faculty, and students. Because this position is new, we will also look to the Fellow to assist in guiding the development of the program for the future. Please follow the link below to submit an application.

The BU D&I Learning & Training Facilitation Fellow will gain first-hand experience in assessing learning needs, researching, designing and managing training materials, and facilitating dialogues for equity, inclusion, and justice. The Fellow will also gain experience working closely with the Director of Learning and Training, the Learning and Training Specialist, and a team of D&I-focused professionals. 

The position will start as soon as possible in fall 2021 and will continue throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. Remote work flexibility will be available after January 2022. The BU D&I Learning and Training Facilitation Fellowship Program position offers $20/hour for 13 hours per week. A consistent work schedule is preferred, but hours and compensation are flexible.  

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Facilitate D&I training sessions and workshops for staff, faculty, and students in partnership with Learning & Training staff 
  • Planning monthly training calendar and setting invitations using specific events software 
  • Update learning and training session database 
  • Update training materials according to audience’s feedback 
  • Research on the latest conversations and training contents in diversity and inclusion in society and higher education   
  • Actively participate in and contribute thoughtful feedback during meetings  

  A qualified candidate should have:  

  • Experience in facilitating adult dialogues about topics related to equity, inclusion, and social justice 
  • Able to work collaboratively and navigate across different hierarchical levels   
  • Familiar or experienced with the following tools and platforms:  
    • Microsoft Office Suite (ie. Word, Powerpoint, Excel, OneDrive) 
    • Events management applications (ie. Zkipster) 
  • Passionate and committed to supporting our shared vision of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable BU  
  • Experience in participating in or leading a diverse and inclusive community space or organization 
  • Interest in expanding their/her/his professional learning and training experience  
  • Interest in contributing to the direction and development of the BU D&I Learning and Training Facilitator Fellowship Program  

Helpful skills and qualities a successful candidate should have:  

  • Familiarity with techniques and methodologies of Learning and Training  
  • Growth and learning mindset   
  • Collaborative  
  • Responsible  
  • Reliable  
  • Creative  
  • Professional  

Interested candidates should apply via this link by  9 am EDT on  Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.  As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload your resume and a 5-minute or less video teaching about Implicit Bias to a group of staff, faculty, and/or students at Boston University. As you prepare your video keep in mind the following questions: “What does Implicit Bias mean? Why is it an important concept to understand? How might you explain it to this audience of people? How does the audience could transform the knowledge into practicable actions?". 

If you are interested in the role, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love the opportunity to chat with you, know your personal and professional background, and to see if this opportunity could match your life and career expectations. 

Questions? Email D&I Learning and Training team at 


About Boston University Diversity & Inclusion 

Located on the 8th floor of One Silber Way, Boston University Diversity & Inclusion (BU D&I) works closely with all of the University’s 17 schools, colleges, and departments to help create a positive and welcoming campus climate, and ensure that we are recruiting world-class students, staff, and faculty whose experiences and viewpoints embolden the academic endeavor. We strive to make sure the paths to academic, professional, and social success are open and unimpeded to every member of the BU community through community-building, education, programming, training and more.   

Signs of Resistance: Disability Cultural History with Judy Heumann

In this first Learn More Series event of the 2021-2022 academic year, we hear from internationally recognized disability rights leader Judy Heumann. During this virtual fireside chat, Heumann is in conversation with Dr. Swati Rani, College of Arts & Sciences, to learn about her amazing story, trail-blazing activism, and what we might change at BU and beyond to better advocate for the dignity, rights, and respect of people with disabilities.

This event took place on Tuesday, September 14 and is part of BU Diversity & Inclusion's (BU D&I) Learn More Series, which explores a single topic of social importance through events, discussions, and programs throughout the year— this year, BU D&I is exploring disability and the impact of ableism.

Full audio transcript and chat files captured during the event are available upon request. Email

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New “Living Language Guide” Builds Shared Understanding

September 8, 2021 — BU D&I has curated a new Living Language Guide to support the creation of common and shared understanding around diversity and inclusion-related words, terms, and phrases. The Living Language Guide was inspired by the similar work of many other institutions and organizations and is the result of many months of research by the Learning & Training team. Terminologies found in the Guide are not Boston University’s recommended or mandated terminology. Rather, the hope that the Living Language Guide will serve as a resource for all at BU to continue to shift the culture, build capacity, and create community together.

BU D&I welcomes the feedback and suggestion of BU community members as the Living Language Guide continues to grow. At launch, the Guide contains with eight categories:

Explore the Living Language Guide here.