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Harnessing the Power of the Collective.
Distinctively & Together.

We here in BU D&I fundamentally believe that a diversity of ideas emboldens, enlivens, and strengthens any endeavor. And, there's a great deal of research that supports that premise. Just as with the "Curated, Crowd-Sourced Cultural Guide to Boston" (forthcoming this summer!), when possible we are going to engage more of you in thought-partnership as we develop new programs and initiatives. For instance, we hope to solicit your ideas about next year's major D&I programs. (You can read a bit more about that below.) And we continue to convene groups of people who hold similar interests in an attempt to catalyze community and deepen our initiatives and services. That's all a long way of saying: Keep your eyes open for emails from us (and check your SPAM folder occasionally). It will be through them that you'll hear our call for your input. Thank you for your continued interest and partnership. Onward!

The D&I Team

BU D&I News

Emerging Scholars Program: As part of a larger effort focused on faculty recruitment, each year we support academic departments/programs that seek to engage emerging scholars from groups historically underrepresented in the academy. Next academic year we are thrilled to support—in collaboration with the deans of CAS, Engineering, and CGS—the following proposals.

The College of Arts and Sciences:
  • Anthropology, MIGRATION MATTERS: Ethnicity, Identity and Politics across Borders
  • Archaeology Program, the Department of Anthropology, and the African American Studies Program, Program in Historical Archaeology of the African Diaspora
  • Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Emerging Scholars Symposium
  • Department of Linguistics, Emerging Scholars Program
  • Department of Religion, Emerging Scholars Program
The College of Engineering:
  • Biomedical Engineering, BME Emerging Scholars Symposium
The College of General Studies:
  • Dean's Office, Reading Diverse Texts, Facilitating Respectful Dialogue
"Thriving in Boston" Video Series: Last month we explained this series of videos we've created to highlight the lives of BU faculty and staff. Here are Saida Grundy and Alley Stoughton on living fulfilling lives in Boston.
"Thriving in Boston": Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies.
"Thriving in Boston": Alley Stoughton, Research Professor in the Department of Computer Science.
Next Year's Major BU D&I Programs:

Renaming the Series—We're on our way to renaming our "Speakers Series," which focuses on an annual theme (more on this just below). What we've been calling a "Speakers Series" is really an annual interconnected constellation of programs that are designed to illuminate an intellectual and developmental trajectory that engages both theory and practice. So, not only are major speakers involved, but surrounding each there might be reading groups, panel discussions, as well as workshops and trainings, etc. We think "Speakers Series" seems a relatively puny description for what we're attempting (but then, maybe we suffer from notions of grandeur?). Have ideas for what we might call this wing of BU D&I's major programs? Shoot us a note at: 

Next Year's Theme—As many of you know, our major programs surround an annual theme. This year we started with "Race." The 2021 theme will be "Class." As with this year, we'll identify a series of speakers around which we will scaffold a series of workshops, discussions, reading groups, and [insert X].

"[Insert X]" is where you come in! As per the preamble, we believe in harnessing the power of the collective and want to engage more BU community members in our programming. This will allow us to engage more people and benefit from the incredibly diverse expertise that exists across BU campuses. In the coming weeks we will put a call out for programming ideas and proposals related to "Class" that individuals, departments, and/or groups might want to run/host. Keep your eyes open for that call.
What We've Been Up To:

FSNs—The Faculty and Staff Networks now have leadership teams (see last month's newsletter) and are planning their first meetings. Keep your eyes open for the announcement of when and where those meeting will take place.

Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative— BU students are increasingly heterogeneous with regard to a wide range of cultures, identities, experiences, and capacities. How do we harness the power of that rich diversity to enliven, expand, and deepen teaching and learning at Boston University?  How do we catalyze, foster, and manage conversations in our classrooms that are, of necessity, increasingly complex and multidimensional, conversations that intersect with issues of nationality, culture, identity, privilege, power, and access to the benefits and resources of higher education? In collaboration with the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs ad interim, Suzanne Kennedy, Associate Provost Crystal Williams hosted the first meeting of the Inclusive Pedagogy Working Group, which is comprised of a group of faculty from across the CRC and MED campuses that reflect a broad range of diversity, including pedagogical expertise. More on this endeavor as it progresses.

Research Networks—In order to more fully support faculty research and creative endeavor, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Gloria Waters and Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion Crystal Williams have hosted three conversations to better understand how to support researchers who are addressing work and/or who hold identities related to race, LGBTQIA+ identity and/or topic areas, and/or anti-racist research or pedagogy.

City-Wide Gatherings—In January BU D&I hosted a city-wide faculty of color reception here at BU where we welcomed faculty from far and wide. Additionally, we continued to collaborate with the Society of Black Doctoral Students to co-host a city-wide event for doctoral students of color in February, this time hosted at Harvard.

Allies & Advocates in Action

BUSM & GMS: The School of Medicine and Graduate Medical Sciences recently received notice of an award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for their post-bachelor's program BU PREP, and they are excited to announce this NIH supported training program. BU PREP is a year-long preparatory program for recent bachelor’s degree recipients seeking entry into competitive PhD training programs. BU PREP is designed to foster mentoring relationships that will enhance personal and scientific development for members of historically underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences. BU PREP scholars will be paired with BUSM faculty, have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and work closely with an advising team to create an individualized career plan directed toward doctoral graduate school entry and success. For more information visit the BU PREP web page.


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

Friday, February 28 - Saturday, February 29
All Day

BU School of Law
765 Commonwealth Ave

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.
BU Islamic Society
Dr. Yusef Salaam: Born on Purpose and with a Purpose

Friday, February 28
7 - 10 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Tsai Performing Arts Center
685 Commonwealth Ave

Tickets are required for this event. You may reserve your ticket here.

March Events

Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality
Brave Women of Color in Academics

Monday, March 2
4 - 6 pm

MIT Building 4, Room 370
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA

A collaborative panel discussion cosponsored by the Consortium for Graduate Studies in GCWS and Boston College, Boston University, MIT, Tufts, and UMass Boston.
Moderated by BU's Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies. For more information, please visit the event page.
Research on Tap
Initiative on Forced Displacement: Research, Pedagogy, Engagement, and Ethical Impact

Tuesday, March 3
4 - 6 pm

Kilichand Center for Life Sciences and Engineering
Colloquium Room, 101
610 Commonwealth Ave

Faculty Host: Muhammad Zaman

This session will bring together faculty from across BU to explore research imperatives and pedagogical initiatives related to the over 70 million people who are currently forcibly displaced by wars and persecution around the world.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page.

Graduate Womxn in Science and Engineering
Spring Action Event
Advocating for Ourselves and Others: How to Build Inclusive Communities

Saturday, March 7
10 am - 5 pm

Northeastern University
Egan Research Center
120 Forsyth St
Boston, MA
Hosted by New England Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, this one-day event will include speakers, workshops, a panel, and socializing/networking opportunities centered around the topic of Diversity & Inclusion in Science and Engineering. Registration is free and includes a light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and coffee. This event is open to all students. 

For more information, and to register to attend, please visit the event page.
BU D&I Faculty and Staff Networks
LGBTQIA+ Identified FSN

Wednesday, March 11
5 - 7 pm

Questrom Auditorium, Room 105
595 Commonwealth Ave

Thank you to those who attended our first promotional meeting on the Medical Campus last month. This month we’re excited to gather with faculty and staff across the Charles River Campus as we continue to grow and promote our network!
To stay up-to-date with our FSN, please complete this contact form.
National Science Foundation’s Alliance for Graduate Student Education in the Professoriate (AGEP)
AGEP Annual Research Conference

Wednesday, March 11 - Friday, March 13
All Day
(see agenda for details)

George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Ave

Do you identify as a historically underrepresented doctoral student or postdoctoral scholar with research interests in STEM, STEM Ed, or social science research within STEM? Are you a faculty or staff member at BU engaged in diversity and inclusion work within higher education?
If you answered yes, we invite you to attend the National Science Foundation’s Alliance for Graduate Student Education in the Professoriate (AGEP) Annual Research Conference March 11 - 13, 2020 at the George Sherman Union.
Present your research. Network with underrepresented doctoral, postdoctoral, and junior faculty, as well as faculty, deans, and professionals dedicated to diversity in STEM. Dive into our conference critical dialogue creating actionable steps towards breaking down barriers to transitioning into STEM faculty positions.
To learn more about the conference, presentation opportunities, agenda and ways to engage with the AGEP community on our social media platforms, visit the event website.
Women of Color in the Academy Conference
Friday, March 13
8:30 am - 5 pm

360 Huntington Ave
Northeastern University

Keynote Speakers:
  • Paula A. Johnson, President, Wellesley College
  • Helen Elaine Lee, Professor, MIT
The deadline for registration is March 2. For more information, visit the website.
BU D&I Lunches - MED
Allies & Advocates

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
12 - 1:30 pm

Hiebert Lounge
14th Floor
72 E. Concord St
Med Campus
Allies & Advocates - RSVP Here

LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
12 - 1:30 pm

Hiebert Lounge
14th Floor
72 E. Concord St
Med Campus
LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff - RSVP Here
Twelfth Annual Marvin I. Freeman Memorial Colloquium
Quantitative Approaches to Social Justice

Friday, March 20
4:00 pm

Photonics Building, Room 206
8 St. Mary's St, Boston

Refreshments will be served at 3:30
Photonics Building, 7th Floor Atrium

Our guest speaker will be Professor Chad M. Topaz from Williams College.

For more information, visit the event page.
BU D&I Speaker Series
Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist

Thursday, March 26
4:30 - 6 pm

Please RSVP for location details

Coming in April...

BU D&I Faculty Search Trainings
Wednesday, April 8
2 - 5 pm

Please RSVP for location details
Thursday, April 23
9 am - 12 pm

Conversations in the Arts & Ideas
Teju Cole:
Known and Strange Things

Monday, April 13
7:00 pm

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Ave
The acclaimed novelist, photographer, and critic Teju Cole will appear in the Tsai Center to discuss his current work and take questions from the audience. This event will be moderated by Associate Provost Crystal Williams. Admission is free; a reservation will ensure a place.  Registration opens at noon on March 20 at
The event is sponsored by the BU Center for the Humanities, Kilachand Honors College, the Office of the Provost, the CAS Dean’s Office, the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, the BU Arts Initiative, BU’s Alumni Association, and the CAS Core Curriculum.  For additional information, contact Tamzen Flanders at
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