The Coronavirus pandemic has not stopped many schools from creating new diversity positions.

BU Today reports:

BU Creates Senior Diversity Post, Taps Longtime Trustee

Andrea Taylor’s parents came to Boston University because they were not allowed to attend graduate school in segregated West Virginia. Later Taylor attended BU herself, and in a 1968 protest she joined other African American students who occupied the administration building at 147 Bay State Road. By 2009 she was a Microsoft executive—and a University trustee. And now Taylor (COM’68) will lead BU’s drive for fairness and inclusion as its first senior diversity officer.

“In many ways, it’s a kind of homecoming,” says Taylor, who was born in Boston and is one of nine BU alumni in her family. “I know the community, and I’m aware of some of its history and also its challenges. And clearly, at this particular moment in the history of humankind, we are at an inflection point in that, maybe, this time we might get it right, in terms of how we need to engage in self-examination and self-reflection.”

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a broad exposure “to the inequities and disparities that people of color and poor people across the planet are facing,” Taylor says. “I think there’s a real sense that this time we can make substantive and meaningful commitments and changes in policy and practice that will improve the common good. It’s a tall order.”


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