The mission of the Undergraduate Development Center is to support the Questrom community by providing intentionally designed programs and services to enrich the academic, personal, and professional development of students in a respectful, inclusive, and equitable learning environment.
In accordance with the UDC’s mission of creating a respectful, inclusive, and equitable learning environment, and in partnership with Questrom’s Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, below are selected academic, career, and campus life resources. We hope you find these tools helpful as you navigate your time at BU.
We value feedback in all forms. In addition, if you have reason to believe that violations of Boston University policy or improper conduct has occurred, you should report your concerns through any of the following mechanisms. Please complete one of the forms below to have your feedback submitted to the appropriate leadership.
- Questrom Student Feedback Form – School-specific resource to address concerns and recognize good deeds
- Boston University Incident Report – Directed to BU Equal Opportunity Office, Supported by Student Health Services & Faculty and Staff Assistance Program
- Boston University Office of the Ombuds – Confidential resource for all members of the BU Community, to help understand processes and discuss possible outcomes before formal processes
- myQuestrom Student Organizations – groups around inclusion:
- Black Business Student Association
- Pride in Business
- Questrom’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is an effort to expand student diversity initiatives and provide a multicultural community space for all Questrom students. With two new Faculty-in-Residence and additional staff, the Center for DEI is committed to ongoing diversity education, programs, and community building initiatives for all Questrom students, both undergraduate and graduate. Learn more about the center here.
- Questrom Ascend Fellowship is open to Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students. Admitting up to 30 first-year Questrom undergrads, the program helps develop innovative and ethical leaders who understand the impact of business on society and strive to create value for the world. The goal is to help you develop a support system through relationships fostered in the fellowship. You’ll expand your professional development, nurture your personal growth with a dedicated fellowship community, have access to mentorship opportunities, and more. It’s the perfect complement to your Questrom student experience. Interested? Email Cecilia Yudin.
At Boston University
- Boston University’s Diversity & Inclusion collaborates with all 17 schools and colleges across the University to build and maintain an inclusive environment. Their vision and leadership advance the University’s initiatives to promote a more diverse community.
- BU’s Admissions Student Diversity Board (ASDB) offers you the opportunity to help shape the future of the University. Get a peek into the admissions process and help coordinate events for the present and future BU community.
- The Newbury Center for First-Generation Students brings those that identify as first-generation together. The center is a support hub that celebrates and fosters the success of first-generation students at Boston University. If you’d like to meet with similar students, the Newbury Center offers events and resources to help ease the transition from high school to college. The Newbury Center defines first-generation college students as those in the first generation of their families to go to college–i.e. students whose parents/guardians/caregivers did not earn bachelor’s degrees, although elder siblings and cousins may be attending college already or have earned four-year degrees.
- Minority Connection Initiative is a student-founded organization that strives to build engaging and lasting relationships between minority students, faculty, and staff to provide support and unity within the BU community.
- Religious Life at BU is overseen by Marsh Chapel and students are encouraged to join a community where they feel supported during their time at BU. There are various religious student groups and faith based services across campus.
- The Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism aims to be a safe space on campus for people of all genders and sexualities. The group does advocacy on campus and in the surrounding community in pursuit of full equality and inclusion of women, queer, and trans students and people.
- Compass was created for the international community by BU Global Programs, and serves as a guide to university-wide support resources.
- Disability & Access Services provides services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at Boston University.
- The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (HTC) is your campus living room. It’s a space to hang out, make new connections, discuss current issues and ask (and be asked) difficult questions. It’s what you make it!
- The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) advocates for international exchange, promoting the academic, professional, and personal growth of Boston University’s diverse community of international students, faculty and staff. They provide professional expertise on immigration and employment, and helps ensure student, scholar, and institutional compliance with federal regulations.
- BU’s Queer Activist Collective is Boston University’s largest LGBTQ+ student organization dedicated to ensuring the awareness, visibility, and full inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community. They are committed to creating programming that is uplifting and affirming for all LGBTQ+ community members.
- Living in Boston Cultural Guide: Looking for a great natural hair stylist in the area? A meal that reminds you of your grandmother’s home-cooked Korean food? What about doctors who are known to welcome patients who are trans? The list of questions from newcomers about building a fulfilling, enriching life in Boston is nearly inexhaustible.
- Black Owned Businesses
Looking to network with black professionals? Support local black owned businesses? The following websites are platforms that list and allow you to search black owned companies in Boston and around the world.
- Academic Mentoring through the Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion provides Questrom students with an initiative led by our faculty in residence to promote relationships and community building between faculty and students. Topics are geared towards intentional communities to support the academic development of all students. Conversation topics are selected with intentional communities in mind, but all sessions are open to all students. Previous sessions include: Meet & Greet Your Faculty, Tips for Success, Imposter Syndrome & Personal Identity in Business, and the First Gen Experience. Interested? Email Dionne Lomax.
- Scholarship Opportunities for Underrepresented Students
Boston University Fellowships & Scholarships
Scholarships.com matches you with scholarships you qualify for and compiles lists based on various criteria. There are lists specifically for underrepresented students.
- UDC Diversity Programs & Associations Guide includes samples of programs across various companies, locations and business functions as well as conferences and professional associations that focus on connection diverse professionals.
- Looking for an internship or job? Use these job boards to get started! All employers on these sites are known to support diversity & inclusion initiatives, and are dedicated to becoming more inclusive in their hiring practices.
- LGBTQIA Career Resource Guide includes tips and resources to help you navigate your company research, your application materials, and other frequently asked questions you may have as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Pardee Library’s Diversity & Inclusion page includes articles, journals, reports, and resources on diversity professional organizations, job boards, and lists of companies for various diversity rankings.
- Black Leaders in Business
- Here is a collection of interviews of African American business leaders (BusinessMakers) from HistoryMakers, a database available through the library. HistoryMakers is a collection of video oral history interviews with historically significant African Americans in many fields. Transcripts are included with the interviews. BusinessMakers include Ursula Burns, Cathy Hughes, Clifton Wharton, John H. Johnson, Richard Parsons, and many others.
- Additional resources for lists of African Americans in business are included on this page of the African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship guide.
Self-Guided D&I Learning Toolkits to support you on your lifelong journey of learning and self-development! Each Toolkit is curated by our Learning & Training team and delves into a single topic through readings, podcasts, videos, reflections, and more. You can filter Toolkits based on the level (foundational, advanced) and type of resource you’d like to explore.
Undergraduate Development Center
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