The diversity education module has now gone through its second round of students after undergoing some changes based on student feedback.
Boston College launched its first Student Experience Survey in October in response to demands made by the students who organized the Silence is Still Violence demonstrations last year.
One year ago, romance languages and literatures and African and African Diaspora Studies professor Régine Jean-Charles told students at the Silence is Still Violence march to take the emotions they were feeling and channel them into activism.
Student activists took to the Quad to draw attention to injustice and issues they saw with inequality at BC on Oct. 18. This was different from 2017, which was in response to a string of racist incidents on campus.
While Boston College students have expressed a need for more comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion programs for decades, the events of last fall made it painfully clear that the University still has a long road ahead.
Boston College launched DiversityEdu this fall to educate students about the complexities surrounding diversity in the wake of Silence is Still Violence. Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Joy Moore said that students she spoke to provided positive feedback.
Sendoya’s departure comes after a year of student protests and activism calling on the University to, among other requests, reevaluate the programs it has in place for instruction on diversity and inclusion on campus.
DiversityEdu is a research-based online program that teaches skills to understand the impact of unconscious bias, language, and behavior.