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.

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Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

In the spirit of St Ignatius, inclusion is measured by the action while belonging is the desired outcome. Boston College’s mission of building inclusive relationships across differences provides formative opportunities to enhance the quality of human interaction.

Cultivating a sense of belonging as a catalyst for change strengthens hope, optimism, and resilience. As worldwide challenges continue to emerge and impact our campus community, it is vital for each of us to experience a sense of belonging within our common home.

The summit programs will equip you with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cultivating a culture of inclusion and belonging, moving us toward inclusive excellence.

Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Catalysts for Change
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 

Featured Speakers: Vincent Rougeau, Dean, Boston College Law School Inaugural Director of the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America.
Mara Hermano, Vice President, Institutional Research and Planning.Watch the
Invocation by John Butler, S.J., Welcome by William. Leahy, S.J., Opening Remarks by David Trainor and Morning Keynote presented by Vincent Rougeau

The 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit: Catalyst for Change hosted over 340 faculty and staff through a virtual platform.  The day’s programs offered increased engagement while supporting personal and organizational actionable strategies for change. 

The theme of the 2021 Summit centered on  “Catalysts for Change” identifying a catalyst as an agent used to cause or promote a change in the environment in which it is introduced. Diversity, equity, and inclusion change agents move towards intentional and proactive methods to create positive and sustainable change.  

Over this past year, the confluence of twin pandemics, COVID-19, and systemic racism, has reminded us of the work that still needs to be done individually and organizationally.  As catalysts for change, we are committed to promoting and sustaining an inclusive environment that motivates us to be fully engaged in our community, enabling us to bring our whole selves in contributing to a just and equitable Boston College community.

Download the 2021 Summit Program Book to review what made the 6th Summit great!

(please be aware that all the resources listed on this page require BC Email login to access)

 

Watch the Invocation by John Butler, S.J., Welcome by William. Leahy, S.J., Opening Remarks by David Trainor and Morning Keynote presented by Vincent Rougeau

Watch Morning Concurrent sessions 

Watch Afternoon Panel moderated by Mara Hermano, with Frank Bailey, Ximena Soto, and Rafael Luna

Watch Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Review the posters submitted to the Summit

 

The Office for Institutional Diversity hosted
Diversity and Inclusion Summit: Towards Inclusive Excellence 
on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, virtually via Zoom. 

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.

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!