office for institutional diversity
The Office of Institutional Diversity organizes and sponsors a number of programs connected to our mission of advancing and sustaining an organizational culture and climate that fully welcomes diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the Boston College community. These programs include:
University Affiliates Program
This program provides professional staff from underrepresented groups with opportunities to broaden their management experiences and to study critical issues in higher education. Selected participants participate in a professional development program that includes seminars, lectures, case studies and discussions.
Grounded in the cultural competence framework, the CCEM, will enable participants to acquire the knowledge, language, behavioral and cultural skills needed to navigate within a diverse and help build an inclusive community. Those skills include, but are not limited to, cross cultural communication, managing difficult conversations, and addressing the needs of the various members of our community. In addition participants will be able to assist in the University's efforts to build a more inclusive environment.
Having a shared understanding of the relationship between diversity, inclusion and the Ignatian tradition enables each of us to listen and be listened to, be welcoming and feel welcomed; and to embrace our work and the work of others. To that end, Campus Ministry and the Office for Institutional Diversity have partnered to reintroduce the Diversity and Ignatian Tradition initiative; via the program, “Living out the Jesuit Mission: Diverse Perspectives Series”.
This program is a gathering of BC executives, managers, and others where ideas are created and shared about how to improve diversity and openness in the work environment. It is an open discussion about current diversity challenges, opportunities and possible solutions.
Employee Development Diversity Programs
An important phase of our journey is to provide time and resources for honest dialogue, self-reflection, and cross-cultural communication in our community. In our effort to create a receptive climate where it is possible to have the hard discussions about race and other “isms,” The Office for Institutional Diversity has partnered with Employee Development to offer a series of workshops and programs.
Community Building Luncheon
The OID and the Affinity Groups welcome newly hired AHANA staff and faculty at an annual Community Building Luncheon where they learn of the many resources and opportunities for involvement in campus life.
Private Industry Council
PIC connects the youth and adults of Boston to education and employment opportunities. Every BPS student has a PIC counselor that can help build a resume, improve interview skills, match to job shadow opportunities, or connect to a job. BC has been working with PIC for over 30 years in an effort to give local high school students a glimpse into university life and help provide them with real world experience.
Customized Diversity Programs and Consulting
In addition to our ongoing, regularly scheduled diversity programs, the Office for Institutional Diversity works with departments and divisions across the University, offering expert consulting on diversity needs and initiatives, and partners with departments to create custom diversity programs for faculty, staff, and students. Please contact us for more information about these opportunities.
Lunch and Learn Series
The goal of the lunch and learn series is to provide an informal safe environment for faculty and staff to engage in conversations related to diversity while connecting with colleagues to foster an inclusive campus environment.