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Office for Institutional Diversity

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

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“When individuals are not recognized, or don’t feel at home, or are unable to contribute as they might, we all suffer, we’re all weakened. We’re not as strong as we could be.”
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., at the Second Annual Diversity Summit

In support of the University and its goals, the Office for Institutional Diversity facilitates efforts to advance and sustain an organizational culture and climate that welcomes diversity, equity and inclusiveness for all members of the Boston College community.


Definitions of Diversity

The Office for Institutional Diversity proposes the following definitions for the terms diversity and inclusion:

refers to the range of human differences that includes the primary or internal dimension such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability and sexual orientation; and the secondary or external dimension such as thought styles, religion, nationality, socio-economic status, belief systems, military experience and education.

Inclusion involves the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement of our diversity, where each person is valued, respected and supported for his or her distinctive skills, experiences and perspectives, to create a working and learning environment where everyone has an opportunity to experience personal fulfillment and participate fully in creating a successful and thriving Boston College. It is a means of creating value from the differences of all members of our community, in order to leverage talent and foster both individual and organizational excellence.

The Office for Institutional Diversity uses a broad definition of diversity that includes both primary and secondary dimensions of diversity. The Dimensions of Diversity Wheel does a good job of identifying many of the dimensions that we focus on.

The Dimensions of Diversity Wheel
Credit: Lee Gardenswartz and Anita Rowe, Diverse Teams at Work. Burr Ridge, III.: Irwin Professional Publishing, 1994.