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From the Executive Director


Dear Colleagues:

I am once 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 new associate director Damita Davis, the implementation of new rules on hiring vets and individuals with disabilities, and our successful Lunch and Learn series. We also preview some upcoming activities.

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

Richard Jefferson
Executive Director
Office for Institutional Diversity


Welcome to new OID Associate Director Damita Davis


The OID welcomed Damita Davis as its new associate director in late January. Davis, who came to Boston College from Emmanuel College, where she was director of multicultural programs, will be handling several key projects and programs for the office. Read more »




OID is implementing new rules on hiring vets and individuals with disabilities

New regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which took effect March 24 for all government contractors, address diversity categories that sometimes fly under the radar. Read more »


“Lunch and Learn” is feeding the appetite for discussion about diversity

When it launched its new Lunch and Learn series last October, the Office for Institutional Diversity expected some 20 employees would attend. To the surprise of OID Administrative Coordinator Edilma Hosein, who helped organize the event, some 50 people signed up. Read more »


In the works at OID

  • On May 13, the office will hold a Voices of Diversity and Inclusion session on “Inclusive Excellence: Leading in a Diverse Environment.”
  • Over the course of the coming year, the office, together with other University stakeholders, will plan and develop a climate study that will poll faculty and staff on their satisfaction with the University’s handling of diversity and related issues. This is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2006.
  • Also in the coming year, OID will be working with the University’s Information Technology Services to develop communications accessible to people with visual impairments.