Who We Are
Boston University’s LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff serves all Boston University campuses. The center engages the BU community to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness for LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff; increase the visibility of LGBTQIA+ resources, research, and scholarship; celebrate the contributions of the diverse LGBTQIA+ community at BU; and improve recruitment and retention of LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff in the development of an inclusive and equitable workplace. The center is a physical and virtual space where members of the community can network, share experiences, engage in intellectual interchange, and find community. The center provides programming, consultation, professional development, resources, and advocacy that fosters an inclusive and affirming living, learning, and workplace environment. Through an intersectional focus, collaboration, and opportunities for synergy, we seek to spark transformation.
What We Do
- Support and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ members of the Boston University community
- Educational and community-building programming for, and about, the LGBTQIA+ community
- Consultation and ongoing training in support of an improved campus climate and increased recruitment and retention of members of the LGBTQIA+ campus community
- Resources or referrals for LGBTQIA+ related services and support both on campus and in the Greater Boston area
- Support for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in navigating institutional structures when discrimination or bias occur
- Opportunities for synergy and collaboration around LGBTQIA+ scholarship, research, and cutting-edge best practices
- An open space to talk, listen, be supported, and most importantly, be you
Who the Center is for
Boston University’s LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff centers LGBTQIA+ communities (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, same-gender loving, transgender, nonbinary, agender, Two Spirit, queer, fluid, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, and expansive and emerging identities) and our multiple intersecting identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, nationality, immigration status, class, gender, disability, age, religion, and spirituality).
The center also engages all members of the BU community and works with stakeholders across the University and in the broader Boston community to advance the mission. Although the center has a primary responsibility for fostering belongingness and connectedness of LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff, the intention is for the broad work of the center to also foster community and improve campus for all members of the BU community.