On March 22, 2022, DIRECT, the club dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, held the first COMmunity Convo in COM 209. Sat at each table were five students and two faculty members. On each table were a series of questions to incorporate conversations regarding DEI and the overall community at COM.
“It was something I’ve never experienced at BU. Being able to talk to students and professors was refreshing. In talking with Professor Jodi and Shaun, I could tell both students and teachers had much to learn about inclusion. I could tell they really wanted to know what students had to say because it’s easy for these conversations to feel forced,” says Jessica Carney-Perks, a BU COM Public Relations student in the class of 2025. Carney-Perks is also a member of DIRECT and hopes to have more events like this in the future.
DIRECT had help with club turnout as it is now a section of COM student government and has collaboration with the COM Graduate Council. Professors, graduates and undergraduates alike were able to sign up via google form. The conversation lasted past its allotted time of an hour and generated the connections that DIRECT was hoping for.
Mira Dhakal, DIRECT ’s president, was especially ecstatic about the event and said, “We are so excited with how our first ever COMmunity Convo turned out! It was so great to see students and faculty getting to know each other and speak up about their experiences at COM and what can be done to make COM a better place for all of us! We got a lot of positive feedback from both students and faculty, and we definitely plan on making this a recurring event.” Want to join DIRECT or see more of their upcoming events? Their instagram can be viewed here.
Jessica Shelton, Staff Writer
Jessica is a second semester student in the Public Relations Master’s Program. She received her B.A. in Film and Media Arts with a minor in Content Creation at Temple University in 2021. She is a writer and podcast editor for the COMmunicator here at BU as well as a writer for The BU Buzz. In her spare time Jessica enjoys reading, going on long walks in the Boston Commons and traveling.
Audrey Ritchie, Senior Editor
Audrey Ritchie is a second-semester graduate student earning her Master of Science in public relations at BU. Ritchie graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in business in 2021. A life-long writer, she is excited to join the COMmunicator this semester. In her free time, she loves reading, exploring Boston, and playing with her dog, Bear.