Action Collaborative on Preventing Harassment in Higher Education

Boston University is a member of the National Academies Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The Action Collaborative brings “together leaders from academic institutions and key stakeholders to work toward targeted, collective action on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education.” Learn more about the Action Collaborative at BU.


ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM

The ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at Boston University. BU has a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which is reflected throughout the campus through educational opportunities and the career paths of our alumni/ae. The Office of the Provost instituted the ARROWS program to bolster STEM. With the launch of ARROWS, BU has taken a step forward to vertically integrate all programs on the Charles River and Medical Campuses to increase awareness of events, policies, and opportunities for women in STEM. Learn more about ARROWS.


BU Arts Initiative

The BU Arts Initiative was launched in 2012 to ensure that the arts are deeply embedded in the cultural and intellectual fabric of the University. In coordination with the Provost’s Arts Council, the staff of the BU Arts Initiative work to bring visibility and recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU, and to help students develop an active and participatory role in the arts as a meaningful element of their BU experience. Learn more about the BU Arts Initiative.


Data Science Initiative

Launched in 2014, Boston University’s Data Science Initiative (DSI) seeks both to leverage BU’s existing strengths and further expand its capacity to compete and lead in the Big Data revolution. At the core of DSI is an effort to recruit some of the world’s finest interdisciplinary faculty with proven track records in data science and strong potential for long-term impact at BU and beyond. Anchored at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering, the Initiative supports the hiring of a cohort of faculty members who will complement and expand BU’s footprint in data science research.

In March 2017, Provost Jean Morrison announced that Boston University would further enhance its data science infrastructure through the creation of a Data Science Faculty Fellows program. An integral part of the Data Science Initiative, Faculty Fellows are charged with helping to build on BU’s vision for research and education in this strategically important area. Learn more about the BU Data Science Initiative.


Graduate Women in Science and Engineering

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at Boston University strives to create a community to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Through professional development seminars and workshops, social events, mentoring, and outreach, GWISE fosters interaction across all disciplines at BU and connects graduates students to postdocs, faculty, and broader networks in Boston and beyond. Learn more about GWISE at Boston University.


Initiative on Cities

The mission of the BU Initiative on Cities (IoC) is to engage researchers, policy makers, and constituencies from the United States and around the world to help plan for development of the sustainable infrastructure and essential services required for cities to flourish in the years ahead. Co-founded by late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and directed by Prof. Graham Wilson, Chair of the Department of Political Science, the IoC is affiliated with the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and sponsors symposia, directed studies and conferences tackling a variety of municipal challenges, from economic development and health care delivery, to education, security and transportation. Learn more about the Initiative on Cities.


The Wellbeing Project

In September 2019, The Wellbeing Project was launched to center health and wellbeing as an essential part of Boston University’s campus culture. Through a host of special programs, events, and collaborations, the Project works to educate and inspire students to feel balanced and fulfilled each day. It follows the belief that health and overall wellbeing go hand-in-hand and that their benefits will help carry students through their time at BU and beyond. Learn more about the Wellbeing Project.