Diversity Fellowships and Internships

Happy Holidays!

As you enjoy your much deserved time off, here are some opportunities that may be of interest.

Also, be sure to check out the CDO’s Diversity Recruiting webpage for additional opportunities.

Happy Holidays!

From all of us in the Student Affairs Office, we congratulate you on finishing exams and wish you a very happy holiday break! Below are a few things to look out for over intersession and in the first few weeks of classes:

The Registrar’s Office is planning to release fall grades by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17.  They will notify students by e-mail when grades are posted to the Student Link. 

Note: transcripts will be temporarily unavailable while grades are being processed.  Any student who might need a transcript should be sure to submit their request to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13.

Boston Christmas


The Student Affairs Office will be sending out a Continuing Orientation packet to 1Ls during the first week of classes with important dates and information pertaining to spring semester.

There are also a number of great events in the pipeline, including two bar-related programs on January 28 and February 11, so be sure to check out the Student Life Calendar and save the dates!

Have a wonderful break, and we look forward to seeing you all again in January!

Associate Dean Chris Marx, Jill Collins, Brenda Hernandez, and Kelly Sullivan

Top ten things you can (and should) do in addition to studying for exams

You’re spending every waking moment studying, right?  Wrong!  Study hard, BU Law, but take some breaks for the following “Top Ten” to-do list:

10.   Attend the Annual BU Law Student Holiday Party.  Enjoy some snacks and delicious BU Punch at the Annual Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 4, from 12-2 pm, Room 1270.

9.  Bring your questions to our AEP (Academic Enhancement Program) Open Session on Monday December 2, 1-2 pm, Room 620, and ask any burning questions about outlining, exam preparation and stress management that arose over Thanksgiving.

8.  Sign up for one of the slots to get a short Chair Massage (for the lucky).  Keep an eye out for the e-mail with sign-up instructions for chair massages.  There are limited slots and they go quickly!

7.  Coffee Break!  Enjoy free coffee, tea and cider in the lobby on Friday, December 6, from 11am-2pm (or when it runs out).

6.  Read the *updated* list of places to study, both on and off campus.

5.  Check out the Pappas Library’s list of resources for exam prep.

4.  Use technology…to save yourself from technology!

  • Back up your work, especially your outlines.
  • Visit our friends in Systems Technology on the 17th floor if you even *think* you’re having computer problems!  Fix it now – don’t wait until you’re trying to print your outline or you’re taking your exam.
  • Speaking of printing…print early or off-campus.  There is often a BIG backlog of print jobs during reading period and exam days.
  • Check out Work Rave and set some boundaries for breaks to keep yourself healthy.

3.  Visit Toby the Therapy Dog.  Anne Benson (of Grad Tax) generously shares her big, furry family member, Toby, again this exam period.  You can find him in Barristers during the following times:

  • Friday, December 6, 11am – 2pm
  • Tuesday, December 10, 12 – 2pm
  • Friday, December 13, 12 – 2pm

2.  Take care of yourself.

  • Get out of the Tower!  See #6 above or check out our blog post on Celebrating the Holidays in Boston.  A change of scenery can increase your mental alertness.
  • Take a break.  Remember that going for a walk, hitting the gym, or allowing yourself one episode of Law & Order can be just the mental break you need to keep learning!
  • Sleep.  Studies show that memory is more effectively consolidated when you get some sleep.
  • Eat.  Try to fuel your body with some healthy stuff.  The to-go case at the GSU is full of good options and it won’t take more than a moment to grab them.  Here’s where you find what’s open at the GSU.

1.  Ask for help!!  If you’re struggling with a concept, find time to talk to your professor, reach out to your classmates for ideas, ask your student advisor or writing fellow for clarification, or grab a librarian to help you find new resources.  You are not alone with this material or experience!

If you’re having trouble with daily activities (eating, sleeping, concentrating), or are feeling severe anxiety, reach out directly to Student Health Services at 617-353-3575, BU Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569, or come see us now for confidential help!  We’re here for you, and have many resources we can share with you confidentially.

Good luck, BU Law!

Diversity News Roundup November 2013

It’s hard to believe, but the semester is winding down. We’ve had some great events this semester from the BLSA/LALSA Welcome Back Dinner to NALSA’s Annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Next semester promises to be no different. In the meantime, below you will find some diversity events around Boston. Also, there’s been a lot going on in the news on issues of diversity, here are some in case you missed them.




Celebrating the Holidays in Boston

The holiday season is officially upon us, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate across the city and beyond!

Hanukkah, Thanksgiving & Thanksgivukkah

This year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day for the first time in over a hundred years, spawning the superpower hybrid holiday Thanksgivukkah. Celebrate either or both at one of the events listed below:

Thanksgivukkah at the Beat Hôtel (Wednesday, November 27, 5pm)

Wanderu’s “Orphan” Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28, 2pm)

Chanukah Celebration at Faneuil Hall (Sunday, December 1, 3-6pm)

5K Races 

Trying to stay healthy amidst the onslaught of family dinners and holiday parties? Consider registering for one of these great races:

Turkey Trot 5K (Thursday, November 28, 9am) 

13th Annual  Boston Volvo 5K Turkey Trot (Thursday, November 28, 9am)

Yulefest 5K Race (Sunday, December 1, 9:30am) 

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Tree lighting ceremonies are fun for children of all ages, and a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Grab some hot chocolate and head over to one of the many options around the city:

Fanueil Hall (Saturday, November 23; musical performances will take place all day starting at noon, with the lighting ceremony slated for 7:30pm)

Boston Common (Thursday, December 5, 6-8pm. The event is preceded by a skating show on Frog Pond starting at 5pm and followed by the lighting of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.)

Copley Square (Monday, December 2, 5pm)

Strolls & Crafts Markets

Boston’s annual “Holiday Strolls” and craft markets are a fun way to explore new neighborhoods and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Here are a few that are happening this year:

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll (Thursday, December 12, 6-9pm)

North End’s Buon Natale Holiday Stroll (Friday, December 6, 7pm-11pm)

SOWA Holiday Market (Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 12-6pm)

Craftsboston Holiday Show  (Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8 ) 

Holiday Shows

Get your culture in this holiday season with one of these classic holiday shows:

Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 29)

A Christmas Story (Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8 )

2013 Boston Holiday Pops (Sunday, December 1 – Tuesday, December 31)  

It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play (Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 22)


Honor African heritage with one of these exciting Kwanzaa celebrations in the greater Boston area:

BBA Diversity and Inclusion Section Holiday Reception and MBWA Kwanzaa Celebration (Thursday, December 12, 2013)

Annual Kwanzaa Concert (Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14)

New Year’s Eve

And lastly, celebrate the start of the New Year with First Night Boston 2014 on New Year’s Eve!

If you’ve heard of any other fun holiday events this year, please leave your tips in the comments!

Diversity News Roundup October 2013

We’ve been back almost two months and there have been so many great events on campus. In case you haven’t checked it out yet, the Student Affairs Office has a new Student Life Calendar to keep you up to date on what your fellow students are planning. The calendar will also include the Student Affairs Office events such as the Legacy Series programs. Our October Legacy Series event was a great success. If you have any ideas for future Legacy Series programs, please let me know. Now here are some upcoming events and diversity news stories.




Student Life at BU Law–Check Out Our New Calendar!

BU Law is blessed wtih a diverse array of student organizations (over 30!) who bring in speakers and alumni and plan fun social events.  Our Student Affairs’ Office also plans community events such as faculty brown bag lunch talks and student appreciation days (Ben & Jerry’s ice cream anyone?).  But sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on and where. 

To help solve this, we’ve enlisted Google’s help.  We’re excited to announce our new Google Student Life calendar, which will include student organization events and our Student Affairs’ programs and events.  When a student organization member visits the 4th floor Student Affairs’ Office to book a room, we will ask him/her to complete a form with event details that will be entered into this calendar.  The calendar will be accessible on the Student Affairs’ part of the website through a side navigation bar entitled “Student Life Calendar.”  You can select specific events to see more detail or to copy the event to your personal Google calendar to receive future reminders.  Below is a snapshot of the calendar (click on it to enlarge):

A caveat–this calendar is ONLY for student organization and Student Affairs’ events.  Please continue to check the main online BU Law calendar for all community events.

We hope you’ll find this helpful.   And keep on planning events!

Tips for New Bostonians


- When you’re taking the T, “Inbound” means heading towards the Park Street stop, and “Outbound” means heading away from it.

- The South End and South Boston are two different neighborhoods.

- You’ve probably already noticed that our public transportation doesn’t always run like clockwork. Happily, there are a number of apps to help you navigate the scheduling discrepancies, such as OpenMBTA and TransitLive.

- There’s a long-standing rivalry between people from the North Shore and South Shore (coastal towns to the north and south of Boston). As a girl from the South Shore, I don’t have to tell you which one is better.

- The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue has the distinct recognition of being the only place on the planet where a boat can sail under a train going under a car that is driving under an airplane.

- There are some fantastic food trucks floating around the city, and thankfully someone keeps track of where they’re going to be here.

- Pop = soda; cheesesteak = steak and cheese; sub = grinder.

- The departure times for the last trains of the night vary by T station, but are generally between midnight and 1am. Bars close at 2am. This doesn’t make sense to anyone, but you still have to plan accordingly.

Any other tips for new Bostonians? Write them in the comments!

Diversity News Roundup September 2013

Welcome back! School has just begun and already we are so excited to hear about all the events happening on campus. The BU Law Legacy Series along with the BU School of Theology, BLSA, ACS and BU Law ACLU are screening the film The Worst of the Worst: Portrait of a Supermax Prison on October 17 at 4:30pm in room 620. A discussion after the film will be led by BU Law Professor David Rossman. BLSA is also planning their Inter-BLSA mixer with Harvard, Northeastern and Suffolk on October 4, location TBD. Throughout the month the Affinity Groups will be holding their first general meetings where you can find out about the upcoming semester events and their mentorship programs. Latino Heritage Month has begun; look out for more information on LALSA’s celebration. Here are some more diversity events happening in Boston.






BU Law Welcomers

The Office of Student Affairs would like to express an extra big THANK YOU to our 2L and 3L Welcomers!  From your smiling faces to your wise advice for our newest community members, you helped make BU Law Orientation 2013 a success.  We couldn’t have done it without you!  We hope that our 2Ls will join us again next year, and our 1Ls will consider being Welcomers in 2014. Until then, best of luck with the start of the semester!