Building on the success of Boston College’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit, the University’s Office for Institutional Diversity has announced that the second summit will be held next May 24.

Patricia Lowe
Institutional Diversity Executive Director Patricia Lowe

“The 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Summit provided a welcoming and respectful venue for more than 200 faculty, staff and administrators to engage in dialogue regarding the work taking place related to diversity and inclusion across campus,” said OID Executive Director Patricia Lowe. “As part of Boston College and the Office for Institutional Diversity’s commitment to sustaining a welcoming and respectful community that fosters dialogue and broadens different experiences and perspectives, OID is pleased to hold the Second Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

“We’re also pleased to note that the 2016-17 academic year marks the 45th anniversary of the Office for Institutional Diversity. We encourage the University community to visit our website for updates on the summit, as well as information on engaging and transformative programs being offered throughout the academic year.”

Held in Gasson Hall on June 1, the summit featured a daylong series of discussions about how the University contributes to the social justice mission of the Society of Jesus through its efforts to create a diverse and inclusive community. University President William P. Leahy, S.J., offered welcoming remarks and Damon A. Williams, senior vice president and chief educational and youth development officer at The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, presented the keynote address.

 Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Joy Moore moderated a panel discussion on best practices in the area of diversity and inclusion with nationally recognized experts from BC, including Janet Helms from the Lynch School of Education’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture; Brad Harrington, executive director of the Center for Work and Family; Assistant Professor of Sociology Gustavo Morello, S.J.; and Lynch School Associate Professor Richard Jackson.

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