The Division of Student Affairs has a long history of supporting diversity and promoting an inclusive community at Boston College. Supporting and valuing the diversity of our students and staff is integral to our work and has been a prominent part of our strategic plans for the last decade. The recommendations outlined below were developed with input from students, staff, and faculty through dinners with senior administrators, focus groups with students, individual conversations and open town halls. The recommendations will continue to guide our work and shape our efforts to provide a welcoming and inclusive community for all students at Boston College.
1. Set a divisional goal to develop programs and services to meet the needs of underrepresented students.
2. Expect that each AVP area will be responsible for identifying and developing its own diversity goals.
3. Create a standing Diversity committee within the Division of Student Affairs to include representatives from each AVP area.
4. Report on key metrics related to AHANA staff and students within the division and publish dashboard on an annual basis.
5. Strive to increase diversity of staff to reflect and model the diversity of the student body.
6. Mentor and support students in their pursuit of social justice, with particular attention to programs focused on inclusion.
7. Help create a pipeline of diverse student affairs professionals through mentorship and support of students interested in the field.
8. Examine policies and practices within the division to determine impact on the student experience.
9. Collaborate with University Advancement to identify gift opportunities to bridge financial gaps for educational and formational programs.
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10. Expand Cross-Currents seminar series to engage more students in reflective conversations on topics of diversity and inclusion.
11. Expand diversity and cultural competency training for students.
12. Offer targeted professional development for Student Affairs staff on diversity/cultural competency.
13. Create a new structure to facilitate student harassment reporting procedures.
14. Look for opportunities to publically recognize and celebrate a diverse group of underrepresented individuals on campus.
15. Continue to share findings and experiences of underrepresented students on campus with departments and divisions across campus.
16. Use data from existing surveys (senior survey, NSSE, etc) to better understand experiences of different groups of students.
17. Review and share data collected at the departmental level about the student experience.