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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TIARA Pre-ARC Synopsis 5 Event (Hybrid)

Day: Thursday Mar 30th Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm Zoom or Crosstown 2nd floor conference room 2128

PIPER-C ARC Mini-Symposium: Predictive Markers and Disparities in Response to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Day: Thursday Mar 30th Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm FGH1 Conference Room 1

DoM Researchers Forum: RSVP by March 15

Day: Thursday Mar 30th Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm CABR - Center for Advanced Biomedical Research (W) 502

BUMC: Analytical Instrumentation Core Lab Seminar - BMG LABTECH’s CLARIOstar Plus High Performance Microplate Reader

Day: Friday Mar 31st Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 650 Albany St., EBRC X-715

Biochemistry Seminar Series: Katherine Yanfang Zhang, Ph.D. - “ECM Structure and Mechanics for New Understandings of Physiology and Diseases”

Day: Monday Apr 3rd Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm K103

Journal Club with Kelsey Romatoski

Day: Tuesday Apr 4th Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm Crosstown 2128 or Zoom

Genome Science Institute Seminar Series: William Hwang, MD, PhD

Day: Tuesday Apr 4th Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Silvio O. Conte Medical Research Building (K) 103

Infectious Disease Research Panel - Virtual Event

Day: Tuesday Apr 4th Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Zoom