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New citizens stand during the National Anthem at a US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization ceremony at the New York Public Library in Manhattan, New York, on July 3, 2018. Image courtesy of Shannon Stapleton | Reuters


Freedom Together. 

Dear Friend,

We hope your summer is bringing you warmth, rest, and time spent with loved ones. Independence Day is coming soon. What does this annual commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence mean to you? For us, we are reflecting on what makes America unique — an ever-changing tapestry of human experiences, perspectives, and hopes for the future that together create this American experience. We are reminded of the many sacrifices and contributions that immigrants have made to America throughout its history. We are also reminded of the ongoing fight for the full freedoms of all in this country. As the late Toni Morrison once said, "The function of freedom is to free someone else." 

Scroll down to find news from BU D&I and other related announcements, readings, and happenings. You'll find our July events roundup in your inbox shortly after the Fourth of July University holiday.

We leave you with a poem based on a true story, written and recited by Rev. Johanna Hattenhorf (STH’84) [formerly Amy Bridgeman], which celebrates Pride Month — Listen to "Remember This: You Must Say Yes."

Take good care,
The BU D&I Team

Our latest NEWS.

Join Our Team!

BU D&I is hiring a new Director of Programs! Do you know someone who believes in the power of programming to be a catalyst for sparking big thinking, engagement, transformation? Are they passionate about shifting narratives, connecting communities, and building capacity through thoughtful and strategic institution-wide programs? We'd love to hear from them!

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New MET Scholarship Strengthens Inclusion

Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) has established the Advancing the Arts Scholarship, an award dedicated to US-based Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) applicants to the Master of Science in Arts Administration degree program.

Read more about the scholarship program here

Researching Black & Latinx Pandemic School Attendance

A new study from Wheelock College of Education & Human Development's CERES Institute will explore the lived experiences of Black and Latinx high school students and English learners in Boston who have stopped attending school regularly during the pandemic. The study will be co-directed by Dr. Jonathan Zaff and Dr. Yasuko Kanno and has received an Early Stage Urban Research grant from BU’s Initiative on Cities.

Read the full announcement here.

Focus on Food Insecurity

BUSSW doctoral student Adrianna Spindle-Jackson and doctoral candidate Amy Yao were selected for the Rappaport Institute’s 2021 Public Policy Summer Fellowship, a prestigious program housed at Harvard Kennedy School. 

Spindle-Jackson, a doctoral student whose focus is on homelessness, housing insecurity and displacement, will work in Representative Natalie Higgins’ office at the Massachusetts State House on housing-related legislative efforts.

Yao, a doctoral candidate entering her fourth year, will work with the Mayor’s Office of Food Access to promote food security in the Boston area and beyond.

Read the full announcement here.

Allies in ACTION.

Thomas (Tommy) Lee Jr. (SPH '19) and Professor Noora Lori.

Farewell, Tommy!

Academic Program Administrator in the Department of Global Health Thomas (Tommy) Lee Jr. (SPH '19), who served as the LGBTQIA+ Faculty & Staff Community Network's inaugural Vice-Chair since March 2020, sadly left his role as a BU staff member this month. Thanks to Tommy's leadership and collaboration with fellow FSCN leaders, the LGBTQIA+ FSCN hosted a full slate of events in the month of June to celebrate Pride Month. Tommy also played a key role in launching BU's first-ever Out List to connect LGBTQIA+ faculty & staff around campus.

Please join us in thanking Tommy for his many contributions to creating community at BU and wishing him well as he embarks on the next step of his career as Assistant Director of Intercultural Development for Gender and Sexuality Programs at Lafayette College.

Connect with Tommy here if you would like to stay in touch.

Best Book Award

"Offshore Citizens: Permanent “Temporary” Status in the Gulf," the latest book by Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has been awarded the best book award by the American Political Science Association (APSA) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Politics Section.

Professor Lori's research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security institutions and international migration control, and the establishment and growth of national identity systems. Join us in congratulating Professor Lori!

Read more about her award here.

CONVERSATIONS in our community.

BU alumnus Uzo Aduba. Photo by Gari Askew II.

From BU Student to Beloved Actor

Backstage magazine Feature: How Uzo Aduba Became Queen of the Small Screen. "When Uzo Aduba arrived in New York City in pursuit of an acting career, she knew it would be the hardest thing she ever did. 

“What I didn’t know,” she says, “was that there was a space that existed for someone like myself that was rather narrow. And that lane was not going to align with my dreams. What I had to do at some point, that I never expected, was figure out: Is the goal just to work, or is the goal to do what you want to do and say and be as an artist?”" Backstage magazine, June 17, 2021.

Challenges Facing First-Generation Students

Taylor Mahoney, a PhD candidate in biostatistics at SPH, discusses the challenges faced by many first-generation students. "Taylor Mahoney did not expect to go to college. Many students, by virtue of having siblings or parents who attended college, see higher education as a natural progression from high school. But for Mahoney, 'that’s just not the way it was. College was never really in my plans.'" BU School of Public Health, June 17, 2021.

Authentically BU

My Coming-Out Story: Kính T. Vũ. "My coming-out story isn’t a magical moment where I flipped a switch. It was a much slower process, and it wasn’t wholly enjoyable." BU Today, June 15, 2021. 

Juneteenth and our next steps

The unintended consequences of making Juneteenth a national holiday. "It is easy to imagine a facile narrative in which people essentially tell themselves, ‘Slavery was bad. The good guys won the Civil War. And now racism is over.’" The Boston Globe, June 17, 2021. 

Quips & QUOTES.

“Dreams are the foundation of America."
Lupita Nyong'o
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