Diversity & Inclusion

Providing an equitable education, one student at a time.

Diversity and equity are essential to the development of future leaders in healthcare and research; they enrich intellectual development, academic discourse, patient care, and research. That is why our office commits to developing innovative programs that educate, recruit, and retain a diverse, multicultural community of faculty, students, staff, and trainees.

The School has been committed to inclusion and diversity since our founding—both at the school and through our community outreach. Created by a merger of Boston University and the New England Female Medical College in 1873, we were the first coeducational medical school in the nation. Our alumni include the first black female physician and the first Native American physician. It’s more than just talk for us. Recruiting and retaining a heterogeneous student body and faculty are a priority. We firmly believe in diversity of culture, race, and gender—and also ideas, solutions, and perspectives as critical components of achieving excellence at Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.

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Black History Month Activities and Educational Events

A message from Angelique Harris, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

Black History Month provides us with the opportunity to consider the many ways Black Americans have contributed to American life, history, and culture. Since 1976, as a nation, we have come together each February to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans, while also recognizing the continued struggles for equity, inclusion, and racial justice. We begin this Black History month, just after the release of the video recorded beating on Tyre Nichols by Memphis police. This brutal assault, yet another devastating reminder of the continued need for justice and police accountability, serves as a reminder of the toll that these assaults have on our mental health, particularly for Black Americans.

This Black History Month, I urge you to enjoy the many activities and educational events happening in and around Boston...

Learn about events in Boston and at BU

2023 Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD, Symposium

Register now! Virtual Event | Feb. 8 | 6-7:30 p.m. (EST)

A panel of accomplished alumnae will reflect on their own experiences as physicians, their time in medical school and how Dr. Crumpler's legacy impacts their work with patients, students and communities.

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Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds - Reza Firoozabadi, MD

Day: Wednesday Mar 22nd Time: 6:15am - 7:15am Zoom

Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology Seminar Series

Day: Wednesday Mar 22nd Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EBRC - Evans Biomedical Research Center (X) X222

LeaRRn Webinar: Megan Morris, PhD, MPH presents Advancing Health Care Equity for Persons with Disabilities through Documentation in the Electronic Health Record

Day: Wednesday Mar 22nd Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm Zoom

Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Current Topics Seminar Series: Linda Dwoskin, PhD

Day: Wednesday Mar 22nd Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Keefer Auditorium E111

Research on Tap: Environmental Cultures, Power, and Equity

Day: Wednesday Mar 22nd Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Kilachand Center, 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Howard Eichenbaum Colloquium Room

In-House Research Seminar : Imrat, Postdoctoral Associate (Cifuentes Lab) & Anthony Spinella, Ph.D. student (Varelas Lab)

Day: Thursday Mar 23rd Time: 12:00pm

CARE Case Conference with Logan Adams

Day: Thursday Mar 23rd Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm Crosstown 2128 or Zoom

BU Research: NIH Fellowship Award (F31/F32) Informational Session

Day: Friday Mar 24th Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm Zoom