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Boston College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Devlin 208
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
(617) 552-3100
Email address
School Information
"Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to educate Boston’s predominantly Irish, Catholic immigrant community. It opened its doors on September 5, 1864, in a building on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End, a 'small streetcar college' for commuting students" (Source: The student to faculty ratio is 10 to 1. Boston College's total enrollment is 14,890. The college offers 59 undergraduate degrees.
General Information
Boston College has numerous centers and offices that provide resources for diversity and anti-racism. The college is working to implement CRT in its core curriculum. Boston College requires all students to take 1 course in Cultural Diversity. See further developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • BC's Office for Institutional Diversity's "Cultural Competence Engagement Modules" is a six-session course that "helps participants acquire the knowledge, language, behavioral, and cultural skills necessary to navigate within a diverse and inclusive community."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Boston College School of Social Work released a statement in response to George Floyd's death saying, "We will leverage the leadership of alumni, students, staff, and faculty to develop social work curriculum specific for supporting our black communities and disrupting anti-black racism."
  • Boston College recently created a certificate program for "Leaders for Equity and Justice in the Workplace" which will begin Fall 2021. This program will "prepare master’s students to improve equality in the workplace for women, people of color, and other marginalized employees."
  • Boston College requires all students to take 1 course in Cultural Diversity.
  • Boston College also offers a graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Disciplinary Measures
  • BC's "Bias-Related Incident Report Form" can be completed by "either victims of bias, by witnesses to such incidents, or by students, faculty and staff members to whom others have reported incident(s)."
  • The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture hosts numerous events, such as the annual Diversity Challenge.
  • Boston College's Student Affairs offers numerous resources for BIPOC students and has also compiled a list of articles and podcasts discussing racism.
  • Boston College holds numerous events to support diversity, including the annual Diversity and inclusion Summit.
  • BC's Office for Institutional Diversity's "Voices of Diversity and Inclusion Forum" brings employees of "all levels together in conversation about how to improve diversity and openness at Boston College." The Forum "tackles current diversity challenges, uncovers opportunities for improvement, and brainstorms possible solutions."
  • BC's "Forum on Racial Justice in America" provides a "meeting place for listening, dialogue, and greater understanding about race and racism in our country, while serving as a catalyst for bridging differences, promoting reconciliation, and encouraging new perspectives." The Forum sponsors "speakers, panels, and seminars to address key issues regarding race, and encourages scholarly exploration of conditions that result in racism and racist behavior, while suggesting appropriate responses and solutions."
  • BC's Division of Mission and Ministry offers "Racial Justice" resources which can "help in better understanding racial injustice and the importance of anti-Black racism work in the United States and, in particular, at Boston College." In addition, the Campus Ministry states, "We hope something you find here may help in your work to build a community that upholds the dignity of the person and affirms that Black Lives Matter."
Symbolic Actions
  • On October 7, 2020, the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America began.
  • The Center for Human Rights sponsored the annual Undoing Racism workshop in the summer of 2020.
  • Boston College's program, "Courageous Conversations," seeks to promote "civil dialogues on racial justice."
  • In response to the death of George Floyd, the president released a statement saying, "We must condemn the racial prejudice and profound injustice leading to this latest shocking loss of a black person's life in our country."
Last updated April 18th, 2023
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