Mr. Thomas Lee, Jr., academic program administrator in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has been appointed as the inaugural vice-chair of Boston University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or questioning), intersex, asexual (or ally) and others (LGBTQIA+) Identified Faculty & Staff Network.
This initiative is one of four new university-wide Faculty & Staff Networks (FSN) under BU’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion that was formed to foster a supportive climate and culture for individuals engaged with issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. The LGBTQIA+ Identified FSN will promote a sense of community among faculty and staff members who identify across the spectrum of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as their allies.
In his role, Mr. Lee will support the chair of the network, Ms. Chantel James, assistant director of financial assistance, as the group develops its short- and long-term goals and activities.
On February 27, the LGBTQIA+ executive board held a promotional meeting on the Medical Campus, which was attended by faculty and staff members from BUSPH, the Boston University School of Medicine, and the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
“I’m really excited to help the Medical Campus be a part of this network, and to be a voice for all of you,” said Mr. Lee, who identifies as gay, at the meeting. Mr. Lee is also a BUSPH alum, who studied program management and sex, sexuality, & gender in the Master of Public Health program, and graduated in 2019.
“In this rich academic environment, this network will not only foster community and support, but also innovation and dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion,” he said.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 13