As Boston University’s bridge to the wider world, Metropolitan College (MET) is committed to providing students with a supportive, inclusive, healthy, and safe environment in which to learn and thrive. The Diversity & Inclusion page was developed to share with the entire Metropolitan community the efforts made by the College and BU as a whole to confront systemic and structural racism and bias in all its forms. This page will continue to be updated with information about how to participate in College and University events aimed at supporting diversity and inclusion efforts.
Metropolitan College—Dedicated to Educational Access & Racial Equality
“The question is simple: How can we, through our work and conduct, overcome inaction and deafness to uncomfortable truths?” Metropolitan College Dean Tanya Zlateva
Boston University has a long and proud tradition of embracing diversity, equity, and social justice. As part of its mission, Metropolitan College extends these values and intellectual achievements to the broader community.
Dedicated to empowerment and advancement via education—no matter a person’s age, gender identity, nationality, or experience—BU MET strives to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome and fully participatory. BU MET embraces the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and is dedicated to applying their principles and addressing matters of structural inequality.
Educational and professional aspirations are rooted in opportunity, and every education is a testament to the value of perseverance. As the first BU college to offer a degree program online, MET is fundamentally committed to access, and we value our tradition of promoting inclusion in learning via innovation and opportunity.
From criminal justice to computer science, and arts administration to urban planning, BU MET provides a hands-on education that delivers real results in professional and skill development, partnering academia with industry, so students get real opportunity in their chosen fields. We are dedicated to fostering an environment in which people of all backgrounds welcome and value each other’s perspectives and contributions.
Diversity & Inclusion Discussions
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, by Minneapolis police, and the ensuing nationwide demonstrations protesting police brutality, the Boston University community stopped to reflect, learn, and share. On June 5 Metropolitan College Dean Tanya Zlateva published a letter to the community, “We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism and Injustice,” in which she wrote, “It falls on us to listen to and learn from each other, to help each other realize our dreams for a better life.” On June 9, BU MET organized a town hall for faculty and staff to gather, mourn, and discuss issues of racism and what it means to be inclusive. On June 24, BU took the solemn opportunity to suspend all University business for a Day of Collective Engagement.
Resources in the Fight against Racism
On July 1, racial historian and scholar Ibram X. Kendi joined Boston University to lead the new BU Center for Antiracist Research, as well as teach with the BU College of Arts & Sciences. Additionally, BU took a series of steps to promote antiracism and a safe, diverse, and inclusive community, including launching a series of new group efforts.
The BU Diversity & Inclusion Committee is tasked with ensuring that issues of diversity, inclusion, and antiracism are prominent at the highest level of the University’s governance structure, to bring important accountability.
The Antiracism Working Group (AWG), chaired by BU Senior Diversity Officer Andrea L. Taylor, is responsible for examining our institution’s racial climate, biases, and progress, and identifying best practices to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
BU also formed the Community Safety Advisory Committee, to improve communication among students, faculty, staff, and the BU Police Department.
For more on Boston University’s commitment to making the principles of diversity and inclusion into real-world realities, please visit the following BU offices and resources:
- Office of Diversity & Inclusion
- Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
- Boston University Equal Opportunity Office