BOOM is an annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) learning symposium featuring a series of events. The event incorporates the voices and experiences of students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Sessions are designed by members of the community for the entire community and will meet participants where they are in their learning and comfort in engaging in sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
BOOM Dialogue Series
BOOM! Community Day 2020
In celebration of BOOM! 2020: Community Day, President Sonya Stephens and Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, vice president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, are engaging in a series of dialogues. Their first discussion reflects on Mount Holyoke as a women’s college that is gender-diverse and how the College is challenging xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment at this time.
BOOM! Community Day 2021
In this dialogue, President Sonya Stephens and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry discuss the College’s efforts towards becoming an anti-racist community with a specific focus on their own racialized experiences and studies. It is recommended that viewers first watch this discussion on race in American and anti-racism with Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo in conversation with Gayle King, which President Stephens and Vice President Sanders-McMurtry evoke.
BOOM! Community Day 2022
In this dialogue, President Sonya Stephens and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Kijua Sanders-McMurtry discuss the history of BOOM!, recent antisemitic incidents on our campus and how our community can work together to combat hate everywhere. It is recommended that viewers first watch this United Nations video about antisemitism and attacks on religious communities. (Please note the UN’s video references the tragic consequences of these attacks and contains real reflections on traumatic incidents and violence.)
BOOM! 2022 will have a collection of both live and virtual events and recorded content.