Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.97
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Boston University
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

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 University's Equal Opportunity Office provides formal training for faculty and staff on sexual harassment, discrimination, and other EO topics. Training is offered on a regular basis through the Get Trained! Series of professional development workshops provided by Human Resources. We also offer this training to departments and other groups upon request.

URL: http://www.bu.edu/eoo/

Additionally, BU hired its inaugural Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Crystal Williams. Crystal will coordinate BU's diversity and equity efforts for faculty, staff, and students.

URL: https://www.bu.edu/provost/about/administration/crystal-williams/

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Students: The Howard Thurman Center offers a number of cultural competence and self-assessment activities to students throughout the year. The Center's staff also hosts training for constituents when asked (i.e. Student Government).

In addition, during orientation for incoming undergraduate students, there is at least hour dedicated to cultural competency activities.

URL: https://www.bu.edu/thurman/

Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Crystal Williams, has begun work to ensure that departmental search committees have the training and support to succeed at finding, evaluating, and attracting scholars of color. Additionally, presentations to the Faculty Council about the data on the faculty of color, with a comparison to BU’s peers in Boston and nationally are, done annually.


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

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