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From the Executive Director

Richard Jefferson

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share with you the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) Briefing, a periodic email newsletter. Through this newsletter, we call attention to individuals and programs across Boston College that are advancing the University’s interest in building an inclusive and diverse community.

In addition to the work highlighted in this newsletter, I encourage you to peruse the OID website—redesigned this past semester—which features additional information about diversity programming on campus, as well as links and material of related interest. I hope you find these communications to be of value and interest, and that they inspire pride and participation in our campus community.

Richard Jefferson, Executive Director
Office for Institutional Diversity


Howard McLendon, Interfaith Campus Minister

Howard McLendon

Boston College is “much more attuned to its spiritual dimensions” than it was back in 1971, when the Rev. Howard McLendon ’75 arrived on campus as an undergraduate recruited by the Black Talent Program. The University in those days felt as secular as Boston State (now Umass Boston) or Boston University, says McLendon, now an interfaith campus minister who collaborates with the Office for Institutional Diversity to enhance what he says is a far richer spiritual environment today. Read More »


Internet Literacy for Spanish-Speaking Employees

Figuring out the intricacies of the Internet can be difficult for people with limited computer experience. The challenge is even more daunting for non-native speakers of English who are new to the net.

Ramiro Oliva, Monica Mendoza, and David Sangurima, employees in the University’s Office of Information Technology Services and members of Latino/as at Boston College a faculty/staff organization dedicated to promoting the interests of the BC Latino community, decided to try to tackle the problem. They developed and taught a pilot Internet literacy class, in Spanish, for Spanish-speaking service employees. Read More »