Boston University Names First Senior Diversity Officer

NEC member Boston University (BU) has named Andrea Taylor as the university’s first-ever senior diversity officer. Ms. Taylor is a Boston native and comes from a family of Boston University alumni. She has resigned from the BU Board of Trustees and began the new position on August 17.

Andrea Taylor is a former Microsoft executive and Boston-area journalist. Ms. Taylor also served as president and CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama. One of her first duties will be to form BU’s Antiracism Working Group, made up of leaders and scholars from the across the university. The working group will take an in-depth look at issues of inequality on campus, and examine policies and that may be counterproductive to BU’s mission of equity and inclusion. Ms. Taylor’s new role reflects BU’s latest step in embracing antiracism, following the launch of the Antiracism Research Center, headed by scholar and author Ibram X. Kendi. Ms. Taylor has been a civil rights activist since she was a teenager, and has collaborated on local efforts with the NAACP and UNICEF.

“In many ways, it’s a kind of homecoming,” Ms. Taylor said. “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 New England Council congratulates Ms. Taylor on her new position and Boston University for its commitment to equality and inclusion. Read more from the Boston Business Journal.

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