Under-Represented Groups Faculty Development Program

The Under-Represented Groups Faculty Development Program (URG) is a longitudinal leadership and career development program for faculty members from under-represented racial and ethnic groups on the BU Medical Campus (Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Dentistry). The program uses self-reflection and assessment, experiential learning, and peer and senior mentorship to provide faculty with the tools necessary to navigate a successful career in academic health sciences, and to foster leadership skills that enable participants to positively affect change from where they stand.

AY22 Applications accepted April 5th through May 24th
AY22 Program Dates TBD

Target Audience:

Faculty from Under-Represented Racial and Ethnic Groups* (URG) at BUMC


  • Sessions are 1.5 hours from October to June on Thursday afternoons (4:30 – 6pm)
  • Participants commit to actively participate in at least 7 of the 9 sessions

2020-2021 Program dates 

  • October 8th, 2020
  • October 21st, 2020 – URG & Allies Dinner at Emelia Benjamin’s House
  • November 12th,2020
  • December 10th, 2020
  • January 14th, 2021
  • February 11th, 2021
  • March 18th, 2021
  • April 8th, 2021
  • May 13th, 2021
  • *Spring Dinner at Emelia’s TBD

Learning Objective:

  • Enhance peer mentoring and sense of community among URG faculty members
  • Develop/enhance leadership and career development skills identified by participants as areas for development
  • Engage in meaningful discussions about the experience of navigating academic health sciences as a URG faculty member
  • Contribute to efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive environment at BUMC


  • Experiential seminars. Senior faculty members and leaders from BUMC and beyond will engage with participants around key determinants for effective leadership and fostering change from one’s current role through in-person, experiential sessions once every six weeks.
  • Learning community. Peer mentors in learning communities will meet for one hour every six weeks, between didactic sessions, to discuss tangible strategies to apply the program content in their lives. Member will provide support and accountability to one another to successfully negotiate challenges, foster resiliency, and achieve personal goals.
  • Leadership goal. Participants commit to making substantial progress on a personal leadership goal throughout the program.
  • Participant commitment. Participants commit to prepare and actively participate in at least 7 of the 9 sessions that take place from October to June, to make progress on their projects, and engage in self-reflection and honest conversation with peer and senior mentors.
  • Conversation cafe. Opportunity to engage with inspirational leaders from BU/BMC and beyond in an informal setting

Curriculum Topics:

  • Self-reflection, awareness and assessment: understanding one’s personality and leadership style
  • Peer Coaching
  • Building a mentoring and developmental network
  • Resiliency in academic medicine
  • Time management
  • Leading a successful career as a URG faculty member
  • Conflict management and negotiation
  • Leading high performing teams

*The NIH defines under-represented racial and ethnic groups in the biomedical sciences as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans/Alaska Natives who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands

For more information about the URG Faculty Development Program, please contact us at bumcfdd@bu.edu