Equality and Diversity are central to the College Culture
Supporting everyone to achieve their potential and celebrating everyone as an individual is fundamental to Boston College's culture and values.
Boston College is committed to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion amongst students and staff, so that it is ever visible as a central point of the College's culture.
This commitment is also one of the College's key strategic aims, and helps fulfil the vision of being 'Brilliant Today, Better Tomorrow' and mission 'to ensure that all our students achieve their brilliant ‘best’ for their employers, their communities, for themselves and for the future.'
The College also recognises its duties under the Equality Act and other relevant legislation. This includes the Public Sector General Equality Duty which requires public bodies such as the College to have a due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups.
- Foster good relations between people from different groups.
Certain groups with 'protected characteristics' are covered under the Act.
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership (but only in respect of eliminating unlawful discrimination)
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Race (this includes ethnic or national origins, colour or nationality)
- Religion or Belief (this includes lack of belief)
- Sexual Orientation
Underpinning this statement are our employer, student and visitor policies and procedures. Each gives consideration to equality, diversity and inclusion and are routinely analysed and monitored to ensure they achieve the desired impacts and outcomes.
What does EDI mean to Boston College Students?
Boston College's Level 3 Media students designed and produced an animated film to promote their understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The film was undertaken as part of the students' Motion Graphic unit and will be used as a learning aid for students, staff, partners and visitors to the College. The students researched and consulted diverse groups of students and staff to help inform and shape their ideas and designs.
Good Practice Guide: Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
Boston College and partners welcome the diversity of students. The College wants to make sure everyone is treated fairly and has the same opportunities to aspire and achieve. The 'Good Practice Guide' will provide support in meeting the legal requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
The guide is recommended reading for employers, training providers, employees, assessors, students and internal verifies.