The annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit is a full-day conference addressing pressing issues related to diversity and inclusion at Boston College and in the higher education field.

Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Towards Inclusive Excellence
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 

The 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Summit invited faculty and staff to participate in a full day of learning, conversation, growth, and reflection. This year’s Summit featured didactic concurrent morning sessions on diverse topics paired alongside afternoon workshops focused on skill-building to bridge the gap between knowledge and action.

Boston College welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Damon A. Williams, one of the founding architects of the “Inclusive Excellence Model” and a celebrated authority on diversity, equity, and inclusion to facilitate the event.

 

Past Summits

Beginning in May 2016, the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) has hosted the annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit, which takes place as a full-day conference on campus. The Summit typically includes opening remarks and a keynote speaker address, a panel of speakers, and individual break-out sessions exhibiting diversity and inclusion initiatives in higher education and on campus. View information from past summits below:

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Summit. We hope to see you again next year!

The Office for Institutional Diversity hosted
Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Transformational Dialogue
on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Gasson Hall

The 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Summit invited faculty and staff to participate in bold and inclusive conversations, interactive sessions and shared storytelling that encourage and promote transformative and self-reflective dialogue across differences and commonalities.

Watch the Morning Plenary Session presented by Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz.

This plenary seeks to address the foundational issues of cultural differences and cultural identity and values. How do differences arise? How can we better strive for excellence, in our professional and personal spheres and in our relations as individuals and in groups? The session is interactive, helping participants reflect on their own cultural identity, the values they hold dear, how they express them, and how they understand and deal with values and perspectives that differ from their own.

Watch the Afternoon Plenary Session presented by Dr. Tiziana Dearing, Burt Howell, Joy Moore, and Catherine Wong.

As we know, there is no one way to create and sustain brave space for dialogue, action, and emerging allyship. This interactive session highlights several different styles and approaches into transformative dialogue, so that the BC community can enhance its capacity for change in the midst of challenge and its resourcefulness in the building of lasting relationships across campus.

Download the 2019 Summit Program to review some of what (and who) contributed to making this year's event great! Also remember to check out our hashtag on social media to see what participants found exciting or moving: #BCDISummit2019

The Office for Institutional Diversity hosted the
Diversity and Inclusion Summit: One Community, Many Perspectives
on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in Gasson Hall.

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Summit. We hope to see you again next year!

The 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Summit: One Community, Many Perspectives, guided by Jesuit principles, focused on the multiple ways our community is building capacity to advance and sustain inclusive excellence.

Watch the Keynote Speaker Address.

Review resources from the Keynote Speaker.

Watch the One Community Many Perspectives video.

Watch the Guided Discussion.

Download the 2018 Summit Program to review some of what (and who) contributed to making this year's event great! Also remember to check out our hashtag on social media to see what participants found exciting or moving: #BCDISummit2018

The Office for Institutional Diversity hosted the
Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Learn, Reflect, Engage
on May 24, 2017

Thank you to over 210 faculty, staff, and administrators who attended the 2017 Summit and made the event a success. We hope to see you again next year for the third annual Summit! The Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Learn, Reflect, Engage explored promising practices that contribute to Boston College’s commitment to enhancing a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community that respects all and fosters dialogue within our Catholic and Jesuit tradition.

Listen to the Keynote Speech!

Download the 2017 Summit Program to review what made the summit great!

The Office for Institutional Diversity hosted the
Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Building and Leveraging Partnerships Across Campus
on June 1, 2016

Thank you to over 170 faculty, staff and administrators who attended and made the event a success! The Summit focused on how Boston College contributes to the social justice mission of the Society of Jesus through our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive community by building and leveraging partnerships across campus. The Summit, open to faculty and staff, included and looked beyond, compliance to provide insight into the programs, initiatives, and relevant research related to diversity and inclusion, in the hopes of creating a continuous learning experience.

Listen to the Keynote speech!

Download the 2016 Summit Program to review what made the 2016 Summit great!