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Executive Director Reports

The Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) periodically releases an annual report highlighting some of our recent achievements, ongoing programs, and new initiatives. Briefings from previous years can be found in the sidebar.

Boston College OID Briefing

FALL 2018

From the Executive Director

Patricia Lowe

Dear Colleagues:

In concert with the University’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition, the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) is committed to advancing and sustaining an academic and professional environment that is welcoming, respectful and fosters engaging dialogue.

I am pleased to share with you the OID annual report highlighting some of our many achievements, ongoing programs, and strategic initiatives that strengthen and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across campus.

The opportunity to discuss your thoughts, concerns, and questions regarding diversity and inclusion efforts at Boston College is always welcomed. I invite you to learn more about our office and its mission by visiting our website and by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Patricia Lowe
Executive Director

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Last May, more than 300 faculty and staff took part in the third Diversity and Inclusion Summit, "One Community, Many Perspectives." Keynote speaker Dr. Alma R. Clayton-Pederson, CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group and an Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Senior Scholar, presented “Making Excellence Inclusive is a Social Justice Endeavor.”

SAVE THE DATE: The next Diversity and Inclusion Summit, “Transformational Dialogue” will take place on May 22, 2019 and will engage participants in discourse surrounding “transformation” and the kinds of dialogue that help facilitate meaningful change. Participants will gain an understanding and awareness of their unique sphere of influence and what they can do to make a difference in advancing and sustaining a more diverse and inclusive Boston College community.

Reflection and Dialogue Series

In Fall 2017, OID launched this initiative to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in dialogue surrounding national events that may have had a significant impact. In our efforts to continue to provide space for members of the Boston College community to come together in dialogue, we are offering two opportunities during the 2018-2019 academic year. The first will be “Jesuit Tips to having Crucial Conversations about Diversity” on October 25, 2017. The discussion will the led by Fr. Jack Butler, SJ, Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Fr. Joseph Appleyard, SJ. The second opportunity, featuring an initiative in the Woods College of Advancing Studies, will take place in the Spring semester. Additional information about both programs can be found on the OID website.

Living Out the Jesuit Mission: Diverse Perspectives Series

The Office for Institutional Diversity, in partnership with Campus Ministry, examines how participants of various faith traditions and backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) incorporate Jesuit, Catholic values within their work at Boston College. The first event of the 2018-2019 academic year, entitled “Aging & Ignatian Spirituality,” took place on September 27. For the upcoming 2019 academic year, we have two more events planned on February 7 and April 18. Please visit our website for more information.

Cultural Competence Engagement Modules (CCEM)

Introduced in Spring 2016, the CCEM program incorporates the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives that employees of diverse cultural backgrounds bring to the workplace, as well as to build skills for more effective cross-cultural communication. Participants were empowered to voice their perspectives on difficult conversations and connect experiences with their paired conversation partners. Additional information regarding CCEM and how to participate can be found on the OID website.

University Affiliates Program

Last fall, OID welcomed fourteen (14) employees to Boston College’s Affiliates Program, a year-long sequence of monthly seminars designed to prepare AHANA staff members for potential opportunities in executive, administrative, and managerial positions at the University while addressing critical themes in higher education. Since its inception in 1999, 171 University employees have completed the program.

Affinity Group Welcome Luncheon

On September 14, OID held a Welcome Luncheon for affinity groups in an effort to build cohesion within the community. A Faculty Reception for affinity groups will take place in March of the upcoming 2019 academic year.

Title IX/Harassment Online Training

Since the inception of the online training to the Boston College workforce in the summer of 2016, more than half of the faculty and staff have completed all components of the online training program. “The purpose of the courses is to learn how to recognize and prevent discriminatory harassment in educational institutions,” wrote Vice President for Human Resources David Trainor and Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley in a letter to faculty and staff. “They also provide insight about how to protect yourself and become aware of your conduct to prevent inadvertent harassment.” OID is working with the University’s vice presidents and deans to encourage 100 percent participation. Please address questions about the online courses to OID Associate Director Judy Ferres at 617–552–2947 or

ADA Reasonable Accommodation

OID works to ensure a streamlined process for all faculty, staff, and student employees with disabilities to request reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), assuring that all requests are handled consistently while maintaining confidentiality. For a full description and a list of BC resources, visit OID’s Accessibility Resources web page. A presentation about the accommodation process and what supervisors and managers need to know will take place early in 2019. Registration information will be available on the Office of Employee Development website.

Affirmative Action

There has been much in the news recently about affirmative action and the way forward. Boston College fully complies with the letter and spirit of applicable laws, statutes, and regulations that govern equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, and veterans with disabilities. The University’s program identifies steps that will be undertaken to diversify its workforce and promote equal employment opportunity. For more information please contact the OID.

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