Megan Flynn / Gavel Media

BC Announces Second Diversity and Inclusion Summit

After the success of the first Diversity and Inclusion Summit at Boston College on June 1, the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) announced that a second summit will be held on May 24.

The Diversity and Inclusion Summit initiates discussion about how working to establish a diverse and inclusive environment at Boston College subscribes to the Jesuit mission of social justice.

The event is open to all university faculty, staff, and administrators and provides an opportunity for different departments and offices to meet, engage in respectful dialogue, and build partnerships that work to advance diversity and inclusion on campus.

“The 2016 summit, Building Partnerships Across Campus, focused on building awareness about diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, opening the door for ongoing dialogue regarding this work taking place at Boston College,” said the Office for Institutional Diversity. “The 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Summit will continue to build on that theme through the exploration of promising practices that contribute to the commitment to a diverse, welcoming community that respects all and fosters dialogue within our Catholic and Jesuit mission.”

The year-long process of preparing for the event is spearheaded by a committee of more than 20 faculty and staff in positions across the university.

The inaugural summit in June featured welcoming remarks from University President William P. Leahy, S.J., a keynote speech by Senior Vice President and Chief Educational and Youth Development Officer Damon A. Williams of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and a panel discussion on the practice of diversity and inclusion. The schedule and speakers for the 2017 event have not been determined yet.

The Office for Institutional Diversity wants staff, faculty, and administrators to understand that “all members of a community are responsible for creating a diverse and inclusive community that respects all and fosters meaningful dialogue.”

I’m a future elementary teacher who enjoys dabbling in news coverage of politics and social issues on the side.