Crystal Williams

Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

As Boston University’s inaugural Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Crystal Ann Williams provides leadership, vision, management, and strategic direction for initiatives that promote diversity, access, and inclusion across BU’s Charles River and Medical campuses.¬† She works closely and collaboratively with academic and administrative leaders on efforts to build the inclusive excellence of BU faculty and academic appointees, to nurture a positive campus climate, and to enhance diversity within the pathways through higher education.

Crystal arrived at BU in October 2017 from Bates College, where she’d served since 2013¬†as Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Professor of English and as a senior advisor to the President, developing programs and strategies that resulted in increased diversity among the faculty, staff, and students, while enhancing¬†engagement across campus. She was previously a faculty member and the inaugural Dean for Institutional Diversity at Reed College (2000-2013), leading multiple faculty-driven initiatives to create an infrastructure to support diversity and inclusion.

In addition to her leadership roles, Crystal is an award-winning poet, the author of four books, and the recipient of several artistic fellowships, grants, and commissions. She is consistently recognized as a thought leader on diversity in the arts and has helped to lead and convene programs at the state and local levels involving arts, civic, and philanthropic leaders. She holds a B.A. from New York University and an MFA from Cornell University.

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