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From the Executive Director

Richard Jefferson

Dear Colleagues:

I am again pleased to share with you the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) Report, a periodic e-mail update featuring some of our recent achievements and ongoing work. In this issue, we highlight our December 2012 Diversity Leadership event, Title IX-related activity, new initiatives involving veterans and the disabled, and the work of our Diversity Advisory Committee.

We encourage you to visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay current with our activities and with news and information about diversity and inclusion for the Boston College community and beyond.

Richard Jefferson
Executive Director
Office for Institutional Diversity


Boston College responds to Title IX rules barring

sexual violence

In April 2011, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights announced comprehensive guidelines for how schools and colleges should respond to allegations of sexual violence and sexual assault. In a “Dear Colleague” letter, federal officials underscored and clarified institutions’ responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars sex-based discrimination at schools, colleges, and universities that receive federal funds. Read more »


New initiatives provide support to veterans and persons

with disabilities

New U.S. Department of Labor regulations expected later this year would broaden the scope of the University’s affirmative action programs for veterans and people with disabilities, expanding outreach efforts to these groups to resemble the initiatives required for recruiting women and minorities. Read more »


OID hosts Voices of Diversity and Inclusion

Leadership Forum

Four vice presidents, five deans, and 10 associate or assistant deans were among the 80 University executives and managers who took part in the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) Voices of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Forum on December 4, 2012.
 Vice President of Planning and Assessment Kelli Armstrong, Carroll School of Management Associate Professor Judith Clair, Graduate School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, Center for Work and Family Executive Director Brad Harrington, Associate Professor of History Martin Summers, and former Director of Dining Services Helen Wechsler shared their perspectives on managing the University’s diverse workforce. Read more »


Revamped Diversity Advisory Committee Brings New Voices

to the Table

Recently reorganized, the Boston College Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) is making its mark on the Boston College campus.

The committee played a signal role last January in heightening awareness and coordinating the Boston College community’s response when the Lambda Law Students Association office was vandalized, its walls defaced with anti-gay, racist, and lewd graffiti. The Law School condemned the vandalism, and at the DAC’s request, OID Executive Director Richard Jefferson met with Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau to express the entire University community’s support for the Law School’s response. “Issues of sexual orientation are challenging for us because of our relationship to the Church,” notes Jefferson. “The committee asked me to talk to the dean of the Law School to make sure he and his students felt supported by the University.” In response to a letter from the DAC, faculty and other campus organizations joined in condemning the vandalism. Read more »