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Office for Institutional Diversity

Diversity Programs

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The Office for Institutional Diversity organizes and sponsors a number of programs connected to our mission of advancing and sustaining an organizational culture and climate that fully welcomes diversity and inclusiveness for all members of the Boston College community. These programs include:

This program provides professional staff from underrepresented groups with opportunities to broaden their management experiences and to study critical issues in higher education. Selected participants participate in a professional development program that includes seminars, lectures, case studies and discussions.

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Grounded in the cultural competence framework, the CCEM will enable participants to acquire the knowledge, language, behavioral and cultural skills needed to navigate within a diverse and help build an inclusive community.  Those skills include, but are not limited to, cross cultural communication, managing difficult conversations, and addressing the needs of the various members of our community.  In addition participants will be able to assist in the University's efforts to build a more inclusive environment.

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Having a shared understanding of the relationship between diversity, inclusion and the Ignatian tradition enables each of us to listen and be listened to; be welcoming and feel welcomed; and to embrace our work and the work of others. To that end, Campus Ministry and the Office for Institutional Diversity have partnered to reintroduce the Diversity and Ignatian Tradition initiative via the program, "Living Out the Jesuit Mission: Diverse Perspectives Series."

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The goal of the lunch and learn series is to provide an informal, safe environment for faculty and staff to engage in conversations related to diversity while connecting with colleagues to foster an inclusive campus environment.

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In the fall of 2016, OID launched this initiative that allows faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in dialogue about national events that may have had a significant impact. View the 2017-2018 Program Dates tab or the calendar of events to learn when the next Reflection and Dialogue event is taking place.

This program is a gathering of BC executives, managers, and others where ideas are created and shared about how to improve diversity, inclusion, and openness in the work environment. It is an open discussion about current diversity challenges, opportunities and possible solutions.

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The Diversity and Inclusion Summit is an annual, one-day conference open to Boston College faculty and staff that focuses on initiatives in our community that promote diversity and inclusion. The program began in 2016 and provides an opportunity for members of this community to connect to one another and to have discussions that are crucial to the University's mission of diversity and inclusion.

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In partnership with the Office of Employee Development, the OID and the Affinity Groups welcome newly hired staff and faculty at a Community Building Luncheon to learn about the many resources and opportunities for involvement in campus life. 

PIC connects the youth and adults of Boston to education and employment opportunities. Every BPS student has a PIC counselor that can help build a resume, improve interview skills, match to job shadow opportunities, or connect to a job. BC has been working with PIC for over 30 years in an effort to give local high school students a glimpse into university life and help provide them with real world experience.

In addition to our ongoing, regularly scheduled diversity programs, the Office for Institutional Diversity works with departments and divisions across the University, offering expert consulting on diversity needs and initiatives, and partners with departments to create custom diversity programs for faculty, staff, and students. Please contact us for more information about these opportunities.

To learn about other professional development programs, please visit the Office of Employee Development website.

The Office for Institutional Diversity offers a number of programs in support of the University's mission to facilitate efforts to advance and sustain an organizational culture and climate that welcomes diversity, equity and inclusion for all members of the Boston College community.

We are pleased to announce the dates of our upcoming programs for the 2017/18 academic year. Please note, a registration form will be sent by email to all faculty and staff 3-4 weeks prior to each program.  The invitation will include information about the program, the location and how to register.

For full descriptions of OID programs please see the program descriptions tab and/or Calendar of Events. Please contact us at or 617-552-2323 for further questions.


Program Name Date(s) Time

New Employee Community Building Luncheon

By invitation only to newly hired employees.


Reflection and Dialogue Series

D&I Summit Follow-up // Power of Story


September 17, 2019


12:00PM to 1:30PM

Lunch and Learn Diversity and Inclusion Series

Neuroscience and Spirituality

Transformative Anti-Racist Action Toward Liberation as People of Color and White People


October 24, 2019

March 24, 2020

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Living Out the Jesuit Mission: Diverse Perspectives Series

Social with the Jesuits

How Do We Celebrate the Women Religious on Campus?

November 19, 2019



4:00PM to 6:00PM


Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2020

May 20, 2020 9:00AM to 4:00PM


The following program is open to those who have enrolled in the program. Those who are interested in registering for CCEM 2019 should visit our programs website for more information.

Program Name Date(s) Time
Professional Development Initiatives:
Cultural Competence Engagement Modules (CCEM)
September 24, 2019 - December 10, 2020 9:30AM to 12:30PM or 1PM to 4PM, depending on session