Equity & Inclusion

BU School of Social Work affirms and promotes racial, social, and economic justice to advance universal human rights and the elimination of oppressive practices.

As social workers, we embrace education, research, and practice in an ethical, equitable, collaborative, and inclusive environment.

Equity & Inclusion Committee

BUSSW’s Equity & Inclusion Committee leads our School community in promoting racial, economic, and social justice, including a focus on ethnicity, class, gender, disabilities, LGBT issues, and various cross-cultural dimensions. Comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the committee promotes engaged conversation, events, and community activities focused on social and racial justice for all our constituents.


BUSSW Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series

Our Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series produces free virtual events on topics related to social justice, equity and inclusion, and social work. All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. 

Check out the Speaker Series events here.

Emerging Scholars Colloquium: Social Work, Climate & Environmental Justice

BUSSW’s Emerging Scholars Program connects BU community members with early-career scholars leading innovative research in climate and environmental justice.

Learn more here.

BUSSW Internal Events

Our internal event series (open to BUSSW students, staff, and faculty) currently include:

  • Anti-Oppressive Learning and Practice Labs
  • Anti-Oppressive Teaching Mentorship
  • Reproductive Justice & Social Work Learning Communities

Visit our Internal E&I Events webpage for details and registration.

BU Diversity & Inclusion Events

BU Diversity & Inclusion hosts a wide variety of workshops, panel discussions, reading groups and other programming for the BU community.

Explore the full BU Diversity & Inclusion event calendar here.

The LGBTQIA+ BU Student Task Force

The LGBTQIA+ BU Student Task Force, a student and alum-led initiative, met with LGBTQIA+ students throughout the University, assessed the landscape of LGBTQIA+ inclusion practices across peer and peer+ institutions, and gathered detailed information on effective practices from leading institutions. Their findings and recommendations have been gathered into a final report, which you can find hereAs the report centers around revising and expanding inclusive practices at BU to better support all LGBTQIA+ students, the Equity & Inclusion Committee at BUSSW supports this work and the changes that can come from it.

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