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

STARS v2.2

Boston College
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Patricia Lowe
Executive Director
Office of Institutional Diversity
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Boston College has an Executive Director of the Office for Institutional Diversity, a Diversity Steering Committee, and a Diversity Advisory Committee to support faculty, staff and students. The DAC is composed of 1-2 representatives from each affinity group, which are volunteer, employee-managed groups that promote the interest of their respective constituencies. The Executive Director overseas the administration of policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion for faculty and staff. The Diversity Steering Committee supports the initiatives of the Office for Institutional Diversity, and the Diversity Advisory Committee is made up of Affinity Group representatives and provides OID with information on awareness and opportunities in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion that impact their members and the greater BC community. The Director of Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center works within Student Affairs to support students along with the VP of Student Affairs. The Executive Director consults and supports Student Affairs departments on diversity, equity and inclusion issues.

The full list of DSC members can be found here: https://www.bc.edu/content/bc-web/offices/human-resources/sites/oid/About-Us/Allies-of-Diversity.html, we have representatives from students affairs, human resources, provost office, and UGBC undergraduate students.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
All

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
All

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
All

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

All Freshman are required to take Cultural Competence Training through an online module Diversity.edu which became mandatory in June 2018. Most sophomores, juniors and seniors have taken "Campus of Difference" or Montserrat offerings on cultural competence training.

All faculty and staff have participated in a cultural competence training that is required through an online Discriminatory Harrassment module. Optional, but very well attended programs include: Diversity Modules, Cultural Competence Engagement Module, Affiliates, and Unconscious Bias.

The Institution offers a broad range of cultural competence trainings and workshops across campus that enable participants to acquire the knowledge, language, behavioral and cultural skills needed to navigate within a diverse and inclusive community. Cultural Competence training is embedded in all programs and educational initiatives offered through the Human Resources Department (OID and the Office of Employee Development). Trainings and workshops include, Unconscious Bias in Interviewing for faculty, and Understanding and recognizing microaggressions and their impact. The Cultural Competence Engagement Modules (CCEM), are offered as a six (6) part program and incorporates the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool that assesses how one experiences difference.

We use the everfi platform for tracking the training for faculty, staff, and students. Students are required to mental well-being course, sexual assault prevention, and AlcoholEdu for Colleges.

Faculty and staff are required to take Preventing Harassment and Discrimination: Title IX with the Clery Module.


Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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