General Policies

Boston University School of Medicine Policies


Policies related to Diversity & Inclusion

Boston University School of Medicine Policy on Diversity Categories 

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy


Useful Tools

BU Faculty Search Manual

This guide provides advice from successful search committee chairs and reviews the literature on avoiding bias in search processes.


Programs and Student Activities

ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM

The ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM mission is to organize, align, and vertically integrate programs created to advance women throughout the STEM community at Boston University. BU has a strong commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which is reflected throughout the campus through educational opportunities and the career paths of our alumni/ae. The Office of the Provost instituted the ARROWS program to bolster STEM. With the launch of ARROWS, BU has taken a step forward to vertically integrate all programs on the Charles River and Medical Campuses to increase awareness of events, policies, and opportunities for women in STEM.

Artemis Project

The Artemis Project is a five-week summer program directed by undergraduate women at Boston University. Founded in 1996, Artemis introduces rising 9th-grade girls to computer science, targeting them at the critical age when the disparity between males and females in the sciences becomes most pronounced.

BU Admissions Student Diversity Board

The Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB) helps keep BU one of America’s most diverse centers of learning by actively recruiting from multicultural communities. This student organization works with Admissions to increase enrollment and enrich the experience of African-American/Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native American students at BU.

BU Diversity & Inclusion Office

The Boston University Office of Diversity & Inclusion website offers a host of diversity-relevant resources and services – both internal and external – designed to assist with faculty recruitment, professional growth, and inclusion.

BU School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Office

The Boston University School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves as the Dean’s proponent for diversity and cultural competence among students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Diversity will accomplish this mission through collaboration with all departments to develop model recruitment and retention strategies and for curriculum and faculty development.

BU Women’s Guild

Established in 1956 by then Dean of Women Elsbeth Melville, the Guild is a woman-to-woman organization that provides the women of BU with a forum to discuss topics of common interest and with the opportunity to meet women from across the campuses whom they otherwise might not get to know.

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) at Boston University strives to create a community to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Through professional development seminars and workshops, social events, mentoring, and outreach, GWISE fosters interaction across all disciplines at BU and connects graduates students to postdocs, faculty, and broader networks in Boston and beyond.

Howard Thurman Center

The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground preserves Dr. Howard Thurman’s legacy of breaking barriers of divisiveness, providing opportunities for personal growth and community building through special programs, events, and resources.

Newbury Center

The Boston University Newbury Center offers programming and services designed to ensure that first-generation students experience the same sense of well-being, belonging, self-efficacy, and academic accomplishment as their continuing-generation peers.

Posse Foundation Scholarship

This four-year, full-tuition scholarship, provided by BU in partnership with the Posse Foundation, identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes.

Student Activities Cultural Groups

With more than 450 student organizations, BU provides opportunities for students to connect with classmates across a range of areas and interests, from hobbies, athletics, and academic pursuits to cultural backgrounds.

Student Affairs Office

The Student Affairs office at BUSM strives to promote overall well-being in an environment sensitive to all cultures and beliefs that is conducive to lifelong learning and the professional development of compassionate physicians. Take advantage of the wide range of student-run activities, volunteer programs, career planning, and support services available to students at BUSM.