Boston College Administration Needs Stronger Response to Racism on Campus

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Boston College has experienced several racial incidents aimed at Black students on campus. Furthermore, BC as an institution has not done enough to address other issues surrounding diversity and inclusion for people of color. As an alumna, I am deeply disturbed by the lack of strong leadership in response to these matters. For example, this is the very brief official school response (via email):

"Several incidents of racist behavior, including vandalism in a residence hall and a disturbing social media post, occurred this weekend on the BC campus. Boston College condemns all acts of hate and is committed to holding any student who violates our standards accountable. Federal privacy laws preclude our discussion of individual disciplinary matters, other than to say that a thorough investigation is ongoing. Staff from the Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center, Office of the Dean of Students, and University Counseling Services are available to students for support and conversation. We call upon all members of the BC community to treat each other with respect and to stand united against intolerance in any form." ("Statement on Weekend Incidents" https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/bcnews/campus-community/announcements/statement-10-16-17.html

Boston College needs to do a better job of promoting its message of social justice on its own campus through actions that go further than a brief email to students. Promising a full investigation does not go far enough. All students should feel respected, heard, and safe. BC needs to do more on a systemic level to create change. As one student, Kimberly Ashby, explained in the article linked below, “We’ve shown them ways in which they can be a more culturally inclusive campus and they continue to deny that there is a problem at all.”

For more on the racial incidents, please see http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/10/18/boston-college-protest-racist-incidents/ 



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