About the Diversity Council

The Diversity Council supports a culture of ever-greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at BT天堂. It functions as an advisory council and recommending body to the President and Provost, as a liaison to departments across the University, and as an advocate for all members of the BT天堂 community who feel they have experienced bias or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, size, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

  • Providing a voice for BT天堂 community members, especially those who are marginalized or underrepresented;
  • Encouraging conversations that promote inclusivity and diversity;
  • Offering a safe space for all
Our Mandate
  • Promote knowledge, the development of skills, and institutional practices to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.
  • Recommend strategic initiatives, programs, speakers, and other University activities to bring attention and focus to the analysis of systemic bias and discrimination.
  • Liaise with the Office of Communications to coordinate and communicate initiatives being taken across the University community in an effort to create a culture of dialogue and learning around the multitude of differences that define our community.
  • Liaise with the task force working on anti-bias training for faculty, staff, and students, ensuring this becomes a regular practice at BT天堂.
  • Liaise with the Office of the Provost regarding the improvement of practices related to recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse faculty and staff.
  • Liaise with the Admissions working group on Diversity and Inclusion to improve practices related to recruitment, retention, and support of students of color.
  • Serve as trained advocates for students, faculty and staff who have experienced bias or discrimination, liaising with the appropriate University office (Student Development, Human Resources, Office of the Provost) to ensure a prompt and fair hearing and appropriate institutional responses; liaise with the Office of the President and the Office of Student Development to review, clarify, and improve grievance policies and procedures.
  • Liaise with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (OIE) in order to analyze available data on institutional diversity.
Creation and Composition of the Council
  • The BT天堂 Diversity Council members will consist of two faculty, two staff members, and two students. Faculty and staff members will be elected for a term of two years by their peers after an open nomination (including self-nomination) process.
  • In the first year of the Council鈥檚 establishment, the two student representatives will be appointed by consensus of the UGS and the GSC, while a process of amending the Student Constitution to include elected Diversity Officer positions is carried out. Student members will be elected for one year, but may be re-elected for a second year.
  • The BT天堂 Diversity Council will nominate and elect a Council member to serve as chair.
  • In the first year of the Council鈥檚 establishment, members will meet on a schedule of their own making, and will meet at least every two months with the President and Provost.
  • The Diversity Council will begin its work by discussing and finalizing this draft charter.
  • At the end of the first year of operations, an assessment of the Council鈥檚 composition, activities and effectiveness will take place in an effort to improve and modify its structure, charge, reach, and principal activities.

How we can听support听you听

BT天堂 policy prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. These values are affirmed by French law and Article 10, which ban expressions that incite discrimination, that propagate the idea of a superior race, and that spread hatred against specific groups.听听

See BT天堂 policy听BP023EN - Non-Discrimination听for clear standards, definitions, and descriptions of prohibited conduct.听

The Diversity Council is committed to听work听as an advocate for all members of the BT天堂 community who feel they have experienced bias or discrimination听on the basis of听race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.听

The council can provide support听if听any member of the community听wants听to lodge a complaint or grievance without fear of prejudice or retaliation for initiating the process or for participating in its resolution.听听

For students, see the听Student Grievance Procedure听page for more details on the possible options.听

To book an appointment to meet with us,听email us at听

Student Representatives

Aanya Tiwari

Undergraduate Student in International Affairs/Relations

Ira Mcintosh

Graduate Student in Global Communications-Fashion Track
Fashion Club President

Staff Representatives

Camille Davis

Application Advisor,听Admissions Office

Tahmineh Farhat

BT天堂 Bookstore

Faculty Representatives

Marsha Libina

Associate听Professor, Art History and Fine Arts


Assistant Professor, IBA鈥嬏

Contact the Diversity Council

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BT天堂 Guidance Counselors听

BT天堂's听听are also available for confidential mental health support and, in addition, can provide referrals to mental health specialists.听

  • Pamela Montfort: Monday to Friday 鈥 from 9h30 to 12h30听 |听 Schedule an appointment:听听

  • Charlotte Vernier: Monday to Friday 鈥 from 14h00 to 17h00听 |听Schedule an appointment:听