In this webinar, GG+A CEO John Glier was joined by Jim Husson, Senior Vice President of University Advancement at Boston College, for a conversation on “Building a Post-COVID Strategy.”
The conversation explored how Boston College has approached the challenges of the past 14 weeks, and in particular those of the last several weeks since the murder of George Floyd.
“At the university level, we decided to really own the responsibilities that I think universities have to be a resource for both building understanding and bridging divides in our country,” Jim said.
By launching a forum on racial justice in America, Boston College “hope(s) that’s an opportunity to bring different voices to the table and take a hard look at issues and what the path forward is,” he said.
For University Advancement, the focus is on looking inward and building new skill sets in the areas of diversity and cultural sensitivity. Plans call for mandatory training programs for all Advancement staff on cultural awareness and implicit bias, as well as ongoing open forums with common readings and film viewings to stay actively involved in the dialogue.
The webinar also explores the experience of Boston College in launching its last Comprehensive Campaign in the midst of the the Great Recession, and the lessons the Advancement staff took from that experience as they have approached the challenges of the past several months.
To hear more of Jim Husson’s insights, watch our webinar below.
Building a Post-COVID Strategy: A Conversation with James Husson of Boston College