Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.20
Liaison Denice Koljonen
Submission Date Feb. 17, 2022

STARS v2.2

Boston College
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Denice Koljonen
assoc. director, strategic services
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Forum on Racial Justice in America

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Boston College created the Forum on Racial Justice in America in response to the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. The Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America provides a meeting place for listening, dialogue, and greater understanding about race and racism in our country, while serving as a catalyst for bridging differences, promoting reconciliation, and encouraging new perspectives.

The Forum invites individuals to speak about their experiences of racism—to honor the dignity of those who have suffered, and help increase empathy and understanding. The Forum sponsors speakers, panels, and seminars to address key issues regarding race, and encourages scholarly exploration of conditions that result in racism and racist behavior, while suggesting appropriate responses and solutions.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Boston College Schiller Institute for Integrated Science & Society partnered with the Forum on Racial Justice in America to offer presentations and discussions focused on Environmental Racism as a challenge of our time and our campus. Throughout the academic year, panel discussions were held with experts in the field to raise awareness and challenge participants throughout the campus.

In Spring 2021, the Schiller Institute highlighted and sponsored projects by students and student groups that grapple with race and environmental justice. Undergraduate and graduate students were invited to participate. Projects could include short pieces of writing offering a unique perspective or personal reflection on environmental racism, draft op-eds addressing environmental racism and suggesting action to be taken, visual media interpretative works (photos, videos, etc.), research projects, data analysis projects, documentation of community action projects, or creative writing.

Students were able to participate in the Challenge in multiple ways. Some projects were displayed on the Challenge website. (see link below)

Alternatively, students were able to submit an abstract for an Environmental Racism Summit, which was held on April 23, 2021. Three students submitted projects to present at the summit which was attended by about 15 students. https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/centers/schiller-institute/programs/confronting-environmental-racism/schiller-student-challenge/class-projects.html

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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