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Starting a New Year.
Distinctively & Together.

A belated "Welcome back!" is in order. We hope your Intersession was peaceful and that the New Year has gotten off to a strong start. Since our last newsletter (December), there has been a great deal of D/E/I-focused activity on campus. So, we'll at least keep this preamble short.

Have a productive, informative, and expansive Black History Month—oh, and also make sure to get over to the new Howard Thurman Center (808 Commonwealth Avenue). It's an architectural marvel and an important addition to BU's campus.

Happy February, Everyone!

The D&I Team

BU D&I News

A Curated, Crowd-sourced, Cultural Guide to Boston: As you know, BU Diversity & Inclusion is creating an online resource we’re calling “The Curated, Crowd-Sourced, Cultural Guide to Boston.” To date, more than 140 of you have added your ideas to this endeavor (thank you!). And, what you've added is as diverse as is this community, which is precisely the point.

The guide will be part of a holistic effort to reflect the richness of Boston and how people thrive and find community here. So, we'd love your input. The deadline to submit recommendations is Friday, February 21. If you'd like to participate, you can do so by completing this online survey. (Please note: a BU email address is required to access the survey). 

The result of this effort will be on our new website, which is currently under development. Thanks in advance for your participation in this crowd-sourced venture. It's going to be terrific!

"Thriving in Boston" Video Series: We've been working with two production companies to highlight the lives of BU faculty and staff. Our primary goal was to address the oft-heard questions and concerns about how one builds a life in Boston as a person of color and/or as an LGBTQIA+ identified person. Over the next several newsletters, we'll share the result of this project with you. Once the entirety of the project is completed, each video will be online on the BU YouTube site.  For now, please enjoy our extraordinary colleague, Thea James' story.

By the way: We want to take a moment to offer a deserving shout-out to Nancy Marrs in MarCom who worked tirelessly to usher this project to fruition. Thanks, Nancy!!
"Thriving in Boson": Thea James, MD, Vice President of Mission for Boston Medical Center, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Chief Medical Officer, and Director, Violence Intervention Advocacy Program
Supporting Scholarship & Connecting Scholars/Makers: In partnership with the Office of Research, we are working to create several research networks with the goal of connecting scholars/makers who are focused on particular topics and/or who share identities. The first networks will be focused on Anti-Racism, LGBTQIA+, and Faculty of Color. It is our presumption that there will be natural affinities between these research networks and the Faculty/Staff Networks (employee resource groups) that are also being formed. Stay tuned for more on both.

You can find additional information about when our preliminary meetings will occur for the research networks below under "Happenings."
Faculty and Staff Networks (employee resource groups): We are excited to announce the leadership for the Faculty and Staff Networks (FSNs). We want to acknowledge and thank these members of BU's faculty and staff for their enthusiasm and dedication to helping to make BU a more vibrant, connected, and inclusive community.

We will provide more information about meeting times, membership, and opportunities for involvement as things get going.

Inaugural Leadership Rosters:

Allies & Advocates Faculty/Staff Network
  • Chair: Carmine Granucci, Assistant Director, Integration, IS&T
  • Vice Chair: Courtney Hudson, Director, Personnel & Staff Development, Questrom
  • Secretary: Chad Milando, Postdoctoral Associate, School of Public Health
  • Treasurer: Michele DeBiasse, Clinical Assistant Professor,  Sargent College
Faculty/Staff Living with Disabilities Network
  • Chair: Kara Jackman, Archivist and Preservation Librarian, School of Theology Library
  • Vice Chair: Thomas Underwood, Acting Associate Director, Arts and Sciences Writing Program
  • Secretary: position still available 
  • Treasurer: Eric Seaholm, Associate Director, Info Tech Services Operation, Questrom School of Business
LGBTQIA+-Identified Faculty/Staff Network
  • Chair: Chantel James, Assistant Director, Financial Assistance
  • Vice Chair: Thomas Lee Jr, Global Health Academic Program Administrator, School of Public Health
  • Secretary: Dietrich Warner, Director HR Systems
  • Treasurer: Katie Ferrari, Director of Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Faculty/Staff of Color
  • Chair: Fadie Coleman, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Sciences & Education, School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair: Stephen Ellis, Data Manager for Sustainability
  • Secretary: Jeffrey Sierra, Academic Advisor College of General Studies
  • Treasurer: Esther Leonard, Assistant Director of Career Education, Center for Career Development
LGBTQIA+ Center for Faculty & Staff—the search for a director: Last year, the LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Task Force completed its work, making a series of recommendations to the University Provost Jean Morrison, and Senior Vice President for Operations Gary Nicka.

As a result, BU is creating a new center focused on supporting LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff. We will soon begin the search for the center's inaugural director. The committee charged with making a recommendation to Associate Provost Williams, the hiring manager, is: Vice President--Budget, Planning, and Business Affairs Derek Howe, Senior Associate Dean of Students Jason Campbell-Foster, Associate Professor of Astronomy Merav Opher, and Director of Programs--BU D&I Alana Anderson. The search will get underway in the coming month. Our goal is to have the center up and running by the beginning of Fall semester 2020. It will be located on the second floor of the 808 Commonwealth Avenue building. Renovations to the space will begin soon.

Allies & Advocates in Action

BU's Global Music Festival Ranked #5 in the World: Kudos to Managing Director Ty Furman and his team at the BU Arts Initiative for their work developing BU's Global Music Festival, which was ranked the 5th best global/world music festival by Transglobal World Music Chart. BU's festival is the only US Global/World music festival in the top 10. Thank you for all you do to make this festival happen, Arts Initiative folks.
BU Women's Guild—Women of Color Circle: In Fall 2018, a group of Women's Guild members (Senior Specialist--Occupational Health & Safety Marly Thomas, Director--Business Development, Engineering, and Physical Sciences Misty Farrell-Pennington, and Brenda Hernandez, formerly of the Law School) proposed the creation of an affinity group for women of color and the BUWG Women of Color Circle (WOCC) is a result of their planning and work. The BUWG WOCC is envisioned as an affinity group for women of color who are members of the BU Women’s Guild. WOCC's goals are to enhance the diversity and inclusion within the Guild, create a space for women of color across campus to gain support and share resources, and to create allyships between WOCC and the general membership of the Guild.
Happenings at Questrom: Under the leadership of Tiffany Enos, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Questrom School of Business is moving the D/E/I agenda forward! In addition to programming specifically developed for Questrom faculty, they've also developed two important initiatives, R.A.C.E Dialogue Series and an academic mentoring program. 

The school's Raising Awareness of Cultural Experiences (R.A.C.E.) is a 4-session facilitated dialogue group for Questrom faculty and staff to explore issues of race, racism, power, and privilege in our lives. Through activities, readings, and intergroup dialogue, R.A.C.E. participants engage in meaningful conversations that seek to educate and empower. R.A.C.E. dialogue groups meet as a cohort, which are limited to 12 participants. All Questrom staff and faculty, regardless of identities, experience, and/or established comfort in these kinds of conversations, are welcomed to participate.

The school's Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has also appointed two faculty-in-residence, Dionne Lomax and Jeff Allen. They are leading an academic mentoring initiative to promote relationships and community building between faculty and students. Upcoming sessions include a Meet & Greet With Your Faculty of Color, Tips for Success, the First Gen Experience, and Imposter Syndrome & Personal Identity in Business.


How 17 Outsize Portraits Rattled a Small Southern Town
What happens when a town is faced with itself. Click below to read the NYTimes article.
Newnan, Ga., decided to use art to help the community celebrate diversity and embrace change. Not everyone was ready for what they saw. ~The New York Times


BU D&I Inclusive Catalyst Grants Events
The Gentrification Panel
Join the BU Black Law Student Association for a panel discussion to provide the BU community with multiple perspectives about the impact gentrification has on health, legal, and political outcomes. The panel will include a city councilor, an environmental justice coordinator from the EPA, and a political scientist who studies the intersection of race and public policy.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Howard Thurman Center
808 Commonwealth Ave
Exhibits and Talks at the Howard Thurman Center 
Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer
An exhibit featuring images from the Obama and Reagan White Houses.

Friday, February 7, 2020
All-Day Exhibit
Howard Thurman Center
808 Commonwealth Ave

Artist Talk and Reception with Justin Favela
Guatemalan-Mexican American mixed-media artist discusses his work.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 pm

HTC Event Space
808 Commonwealth Ave
BU D&I Affinity Lunches - MED
Faculty & Staff of Color

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12 - 1:30 pm

Hiebert Lounge
14th Floor
72 E. Concord St
Med Campus
Connecting Researchers/Makers
Research Networks
If you are a reseacher/maker and are interested in being more purposefully connected to researchers/makers with similar profiles, please consider joining these preliminary conversations. We'll be discussing interests, goals, and ideas for the networks.
LGBTQIA+ Research Network
(research profile and/or self-identity)
Thursday, February 13
11 am  - 12 pm

Faculty of Color Research Network
Wednesday, February 26
1:30 - 2:30 pm

Anti-Racism Research Network
(research profile and/or pedagogical emphasis)
Thursday, February 27
11 am - 12 pm
BU D&I Speaker Series
dream hampton: Activism & Race

Thursday, February 20, 2020
4:30 - 6 pm
BU Center for the Humanities
#UsToo: Feminist Artists Intersect With #MeToo

Thursday, February 27, 2020
4 - 5:30 pm

Barristers Hall
BU Law School
775 Comm Ave

Angela Onwauchi-Willig, Dean BU Law

Lyndall Gordon, Scholar and Biographer
Patricia Herzog, Musician and Writer
Sophie Seita, Scholar, Artist, and Writer
Crystal Williams, Writer and Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
BU Law Great Topics Symposium
Racial Bias, Disparities and Oppression in the 1L Curriculum:
A Critical Approach to the Canonical First Year Law School Subjects

This symposium will bring the new, national conversation about racial bias, disparities, and oppression in the 1L curriculum to the BU Law community. Delivering an inclusive, rigorous, and critical first-year legal education that empowers students to be effective legal professionals requires a fundamental shift in the culture and practice of legal education. The event will focus specifically on race, addressing both substance and pedagogy – that is, what we teach in the first year and how we teach it.

For more information, or to register to attend, please click here.

Friday, February 28 - Saturday, February 29
All Day

BU School of Law
765 Comm Ave
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