BC added a second voting African American trustee, Steve Pemberton, BC ’89, in the fall.
“While it is possible that plans to foster greater diversity could be contained in other individual sections of the plan, it is imperative that this goal be one of the foremost considerations for the University in its planning initiatives moving forward.”
Boston College organizations give their thoughts on this years nominations and speak to the larger issue of the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
“I believe that the University and students alike should also posses a true understanding of what it means to be a diverse campus.”
“We have the answer to resolving the diversity question at BC. I think we just have to value this question as being important enough to resolve and give it the attention it deserves.”
“White bodies can be in the same physical space as nonwhite bodies and yet these two sorts of bodies can experience that identical environment in sometimes radically different ways.”
On Thursday evening, UGBC held a Town Hall meeting to expand their conversation on diversity and inclusion with the administration to include students and faculty.
“As student groups consider possible speakers, they should keep in the mind the importance of diversity and the impact that a successful speaker such as Tchen can have on those who attend her talk.”
One of the most realistic and immediate ways for the administration to respond to these concerns and the complaints of groups such as Eradicate would be to institute an administrative position meant specifically to address these issues, an idea initially brought up by the Undergraduate Government of Boston College in its fall proposal.
To “Eradicate Boston College Racism,” as the campus’s most recent wave of student activism has urged us to do, demands we investigate the very architecture of a BC education. This certainly extends to policy and curriculum decisions made at the top, but it does not stop there.