BU Diversity & Inclusion

BU Diversity & Inclusion:
Distinctively & Together

Given all of the activity in BU D&I, it's already been a whirlwind of a semester—and there are still many weeks to go!  For November, we thought we'd share some poetry, a video we loved (for those of you who haven't seen it), and just a bit of information about happenings around campus. As we move into the season of varied celebrations, we hope you and your loved ones are in an affirming community and are, therefore, surrounded by joyfulness and gratitude.

Happy November, Everyone!

The D&I Team

BU D&I News

Update on Inclusive Catalyst Grants (ICGs)
We're thrilled by your response to our call for Inclusive Catalyst Grant proposals! We received 42 proposals that represented a broad range of interests and activities. 11% were from students and/or student groups, 66% were from academic departments, and 23% were from administrative departments. Thank you to all of you who proposed to engage in the effort to make BU a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community. We appreciate you all!

The committee funded the following proposals (in part or completely):
  • Impact of Gentrification Program Series; BU Law School Student Association
  • Gender-Affirming Healthcare Promotional Campaign; Student Health Services
  • Screening of the documentary "My Beautiful Stutter" with post-film discussion; National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (BU Chapter)
  • The Student Stories Project; a collaboration between 3 student groups and 2 academic departments from the School of Public Health
  • Tell It Like It Is: An Open Mic Series; African Students Organization
  • Recognizing Ableism: A Workshop on Disability, Inclusion, and Empowerment; Department of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College
  • BUSM Medical Haitian Creole: An Introductory language and culture experience for Boston University School of Medicine ; Department of Emergency Medicine Residents 
  • Racial Justice and Meditation Student and Faculty Retreat; School of Theology and the Department of Religion

Update on Faculty/Staff Resource Networks (FSNs)
We recently hosted a conversation with faculty and staff who are interested in developing Faculty/Staff Resource Networks. BU's FSNs will focus on developing and fostering strong communities. Our goal is to get 4 FSNs up and running in January 2020. They will be focused on the following groups: Faculty/Staff Allies and Advocates, Faculty/Staff of Color, Faculty/Staff Living With Disabilities, and LGBTQIA+-identified Faculty/Staff.

If you missed the conversation and/or would like to be involved, send us a note at and we'll add you to our list of interested parties. Additionally, if you have any interest in serving as an inaugural Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, or Treasurer, please let us know which role is of interest to you by Friday, November 15th. The inaugural leaders will be appointed to a limited term (term TBD) and will serve an essentail role as they help to shape BU's FSNs. You can find a draft document outlining the vision, mission, and details of the Faculty/Staff Networks here.

Couldn't Join Us For An Event?
If you missed one of our speaker's talks that was live streamed, you can find it here.  

Allies & Advocates in Action

Janice Checchio, BU Photography
Above are photographs from the inaugural Underrepresented Graduate Student Organization annual research symposium that was held on Thursday, September 26th. Congratulations to the planning group on this exceptional event! The UGSO has a Facebook page and can be reached at:
The Clinical Psychology Program within the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University has an active student-led diversity committee (faculty advisor: Kristin Long). The committee ensures that the program recognizes that culture, identity, and difference are inextricably tied to the role that clinical psychologists play in serving the public and advancing scientific knowledge. In accordance with its mission statement, the committee provides opportunities for individuals in our program to learn practical skills for developing cultural competence in clinical and research contexts, as well as increasing awareness of the impact of identity on mental health and interactions with mental health care services. The committee coordinates 8 to 10 diversity-related events each academic year, including clinical case conferences, skills-based clinical workshops, panel discussions, and invited speakers.
These students were in line a full hour early for the Kimberlé Crenshaw event! We were very, very impressed. Added to that, when we asked for their help, they jumped right in. Way to go, BU graduate and undergraduate students! (Also, before you write to us: we recognize that we still have not gotten the whole lighting thing down.)


This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It's the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
The door to the mind should only open from the heart.
An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.

                   ~Joy Harjo, from Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems, 2015.
When Kimberlé Crenshaw gave her talk last month, among the many things we found striking was this video she used to preface her talk. For those of you who didn't see the talk, we thought you too might appreciate this.


Speaker Series: Jonathan Metzl, Race and Health 
Dr. Metzl will combine psychiatric insight and data analysis to address the phenomenon in which racial resentment among white voters has often led to outcomes that harm the very people who embrace these policies.  Copies of Dr. Metzl's book, "Dying of Whiteness" will be available for purchase following the event.  
Monday, November 4, 2019
3:30 pm - 5 pm

Keefer Auditorium 
72 East Concord Street 
Medical Campus 
Lunch & Learn
Reflective Reading and Discussion:
The Role of Intersectionality in Our Work

Due to demand, a reflection on selected readings by Kimberlé Crenshaw has been added!

Readings will be provided to those who RSVP for this discussion.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm

The Marsh Room
735 Comm Ave
(lower level of Marsh Chapel)
Lunch & Learn
Universal Access in Our Work
In collaboration with Disability & Access Services

Please join us for a workshop focusing on disability and access with a focus on how race further impacts those living and working with disabilities.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm

Photonics Colloquium Room

Room 906, 8 St. Mary's St
School of Public Health
Call me Kuchu
LGBTQIA+ in Uganda - Film & Discussion
Join SPH's Queer Alliance, Sex, Sexuality, and Gender Certificate, and Maternal and Child Health Certificate groups to view the film Call me Kuchu. A discussion following the film will be led by special guest, LGBTQIA and HIV rights activist, and co-founder of Spectrum Initiatives, John Abdallah Wambere.
View the trailer of the video here.
For more information, or to register for the event, please visit the event page.
Monday, November 11, 2019
5:30 pm - 8 pm

INS - L311
72 E Concord St
BU Medical Campus
Lunch & Learn
Workshop: Dying of Whiteness
As a follow-up to a lecture on race and health presented by Jonathan Metzl, this training will focus on the importance of race as it relates to various aspects of health— including physical and emotional—in our classrooms and departments.

This workshop is open to faculty and staff on both BU campuses.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:30 pm - 2 pm

Room 310, GSU
775 Commonwealth Ave
Lunch & Learn
Reflective Readings and Discussions:
The Role of Race in Health

The first 20 faculty or staff members to register for each session will be gifted the book Dying of Whiteness, by Jonathan Metzl. Seats are limited to staff and faculty.

Medical Campus
Monday, November 18, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm

Dean's Conference Room R-112
72 E. Concord St
(please enter the Housman Building via the Medical School entrance)
MED — Faculty & Staff RSVP

Charles River Campus
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
11:30 am - 1 pm

GSU Terrace Lounge

2nd floor, 775 Comm Ave
CRC — Staff RSVP Here
CRC — Faculty RSVP Here
Additional Faculty Search Trainings and Workshops
Friday, November 1
1 pm - 4 pm

Barristers Hall
First Floor, Law School
765 Comm Ave
RSVP here

Thursday, November 7
9 am - 12 pm

Room 426, Hillel House
213 Bay State Rd
Setting the Stage for a Successful Search: Developing Tools to Deepen your Pool
Pre-Proposal Submission Workshop

Wednesday, November 13
9 am - 12 pm

Barristers Hall
1st Floor, Law School
765 Comm Ave

RSVP here

Quips, Quotes, & Short Considerations

"Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community."  ~bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

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