This article is a part of a larger feature series titled Taking the Temperature of Diversity and Inclusivity at BC in 2018.
oy Moore assumed the role of interim vice president for student affairs this summer ready to take on issues of inclusion. A year after the “Silence is Still Violence” demonstrations, she is looking to continue opening the dialogue around diversity and inclusion—there is a need for ongoing conversations with students, faculty, administrators, and staff, according to Moore.
“We have to create a platform where everyone feels comfortable coming to the table and is willing to listen, contribute and reflect on the words and experiences of others,” Moore said in an email. “We all see the world through a particular lens and we must be open to differing viewpoints with a level of respect necessary to take on these challenging and complex issues.”
Moore suggested that these conversations could take place in the form of monthly “Talk It Out” gatherings; small dinners for students hosted by administrators, faculty members, or staff; or a retreat where participants would dive deeper into questions about what more might be able to be done.
The Black Eagles included in their demands that were issued in the wake of the “die-in” that took place a few weeks ago that the University hold town hall meetings including students and administrators in order to improve transparency. The anonymous advocacy and action group also stated that the reason for its members’ request for anonymity is that students fear retribution from the University if they speak out.
Moore said at the time that she was disheartened by that sentiment, explaining that administrators’ doors were open for students, even if potential conversations could be difficult ones.
“As an AHANA alumna, my Boston College journey as a student had its challenges and struggles, but those were far outweighed by the many positive experiences and encounters I enjoyed,” she said in an email.
Despite this, Moore also noted at the time that her experience helps her relate in a “deeply personal way” to the students on campus who have participated in protests over the past year. Moore said that she has been inspired by a lot that has taken place since last year’s march—noting an increased level of awareness and commitment to ongoing dialogue, the implementation of DiversityEdu, the Student Experience Survey, and the work related to recruiting and hiring more faculty of color.
“I am inspired by the students’ willingness to continue to meet and engage around ways in which we all can contribute to building a more inclusive community,” she said. “I am inspired by the good work—in so many areas—taking place every day at Boston College and we must celebrate our achievements while at the same time continue to work on areas where we fall short.”
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We all see the world through a particular lens and we must be open to differing viewpoints with a level of respect necessary to take on these challenging and complex issues. Joy Moore, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs