Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse university community, where differing views can be expressed freely within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that faculty diversity is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach and that diversity is an integral component of faculty excellence. Diversity is multidimensional and may encompass life experience, gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, spiritual beliefs and intellectual approach. As students and faculty engage and are challenged by one another, diverse perspectives will enhance the quality of intellectual exchange and the creation of knowledge.
A university that develops and sustains a diverse community must support the varying needs of community members so that they can participate in university life to their fullest capacities and with wholehearted dedication. Faculty, staff and students need to feel respected and valued for who they are and the talents they bring to their work. Respect for a diverse faculty includes respect for all aspects of faculty identities including their community, family and religious roles, as well as faculty roles and identities as scholars and teachers. A university that fosters diversity must support the quality of life of its faculty members in order to maximize their productivity and the caliber of their scholarship and intellectual contributions. The university is committed to providing opportunities for professional advancement and leadership roles to its faculty that reflect and sustain the values of diversity and inclusion.