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Boise State Committed to Diversity and Inclusivity

B sculpture, Administration building plaza, John Kelly photo

Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity:

Boise State University is actively committed to diversity and inclusivity, a stance in alignment with our Statement of Shared Values. We recognize that our success is dependent on how well we value, engage, include, and utilize the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We believe that prejudice, oppression, and discrimination are detrimental to human dignity, and that a vibrant and diverse campus community enhances the learning environment of the populations that we serve. We are fully committed to treating all stakeholders with dignity and respect, and to working collectively on an ongoing basis to build and maintain a community that understands, celebrates, and values diversity, and expects and fosters inclusivity at all levels.

Diversity is the variety of intersecting identities that make individuals unique, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, socio-economic status, age, country of origin, veteran status, abilities, spirituality, religious beliefs, and political beliefs. Diversity recognizes the uniqueness of individuals, populations, groups and their perspectives and experiences.

Inclusivity is the conscious and deliberate decision to continuously work towards the creation of an accepting and nurturing campus climate where similarities and differences are respected, supported, and valued by ensuring the active participation of the entire campus community.

An earnest commitment to diversity and inclusivity incorporates the following:

  • Unconditionally rejecting every form of bigotry, discrimination, hateful rhetoric, and hateful action.
  • Understanding that each individual is unique and deserving of respect.
  • Recognizing that people have intersecting identities, which means that individuals experience identity differently, within structures of inequality and/or privilege.
  • Expanding the view of diversity beyond the acknowledgment of commonalities to an acceptance, recognition and honoring of difference.
  • Acknowledging that within diverse populations there are unique individual and collective needs, as well as individual and collective achievements.
  • Moving beyond simple tolerance of differences towards the more comprehensive goals of acceptance, pluralism, and inclusive excellence.
  • Explicitly addressing the barriers to communication, relationship building, and organizational development caused by misunderstanding, dominance, and fear.
  • Promoting active and regular engagement between individuals and groups who represent different characteristics and categories of identity in order to explore difference in a safe and nurturing environment, and to develop understanding across lines of perceived difference.
  • Endorsing our values of open, respectful discourse and exchange of ideas from the widest variety of intellectual, religious, class, cultural, and political perspectives.
  • Making a commitment to inclusivity at all levels and the active and meaningful involvement of diverse individuals in decision-making processes.
  • Developing a process for identifying goals regarding diversity and inclusivity, along with the reasonable and realistic allocation of resources and a structure for accountability for the achievement of those goals.

Approved and Recommended by the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion
Adopted February 24, 2017

Campus Awards Nominations Open

Do you know a student group or staff or faculty member who rises above the rest in making a difference for others and adding value to our university community?

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management asks that you recognize the impact these individuals and organizations have made by nominating them for a 2017 Campus Award:

  • Commitment to Community Award
  • David S. Taylor Service to Students Award
  • Advisor of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Program of the Year Award
  • Inclusive Excellence Award
  • Spirit of Boise State Award

    Full descriptions of each award, nomination forms, and information on past award winners can be found here. Nominations are due Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

    Award winners and nominees will be recognized at the Campus Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2017.

    For further details, please contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Center at (208) 426-1223 or

ASBSU Election Results Are In

student government elections

The votes are in! More than 1700 students participated in the ASBSU Spring 2017 Executive Election this year. Inauguration will take place on Wednesday, April 12.

Here are the results of the election:

President and Vice President

Sienna George and Gabe Payne won the election with 51 percent of the votes cast, a total of 866 votes.

According to the official Facebook page,

“George | Payne 2017 is built on a platform of equity, empathy, accessibility, empowerment, transparency and compassion. We strive to enhance and engage the student voice across campus by empowering students to become agents of change at Boise State through student-led initiatives and partnerships that work with the administration to create institutional change.”

You can visit their platform page here.

Jenna Adkins and Lindsey Raaker received 49 percent of the votes, a total of 834 votes.

Secretary of Academic Affairs

Garrett Pedersen won the election with 64 percent of the votes cast, a total of 962 votes.

Pedersen is an active member of the Boise State community. He is involved with the Dance Marathon and is also a member of Delta Upsilon, a men’s fraternity committed to building better men for a global society through service, leadership development and lifelong personal growth of our diverse membership.

Ashley Wardle received 36 percent of the votes, a total of 546.

Secretary of Community Relations

Austin Henderson took the vote with 57 percent of the votes cast, a total of 851 votes.

Some of Henderson’s platform goals include enhancing knowledge and access to internship and job opportunities in the Boise area for students, and promoting awareness of Boise community events.  

You can view his platform Facebook page here. 

Hunter Morrison received 43 percent of the votes, a total of 644.

Secretary of Student Organization Affairs

Justin Doi won the election with 62 percent of the votes, a total of 960 votes.

Doi has held positions as ASBSU funding board officer and as an orientation leader, and is also involved with the Dance Marathon.

Ryahn Pumphery received 38 percent of the votes cast, a total of 584 votes.

The Associated Students of Boise State University is an organization made up of students, for students that advocates for students at Boise State, and is involved in many projects that shape the Boise State experience.  All fee-paying students are members of ASBSU.

“From adding eco-friendly water sprinklers to campus, to more water refill stations, to fighting for more state funding, and even implementing a new policy protecting students from their first MIC, ASBSU works hard each and every day to ensure that students feel safe and welcomed,” says standing President Rebecca Kopp.

You can learn more about ASBSU here.

Volunteer for Service Saturday April 1

Service SaturdayLooking for opportunities to give back and volunteer in our community? Service Saturdays make it easy because they provide easily accessible volunteer opportunities to the university community with the help of charitable and non-profit agencies.

This Service Saturday is the last of the semester, so don’t miss your chance to participate. You can volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, preparing participation packets for the May 13 race. Susan G. Komen is a foundation dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the foundation’s income is put toward grants for local hospitals and community organizations that provide education, breast cancer screening, and treatment programs for medically underserved women.

According to the organization’s website, “The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest, most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer. The race series includes more than 140 events on four continents, with over one million participants coming together every year to take part in the fight against breast cancer.” You can learn more about Susan G. Komen here.

Perks for you:

  • Serve your community through civic engagement and public commitment
  • Meet other participants who share the same passion
  • Build leadership skills through volunteering and service
  • A free breakfast

Other volunteer opportunities that were offered this semester include projects for the Agency for New Americans and the Idaho Youth Ranch. The last Service Saturday event had a turnout of around 40 participants. Get involved and make a difference! We make it easy.

April 1
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union Dining Area

Register to participate here.

Watch “Suffragette” Free March 30


What’s a better way to spend a Thursday evening than watching a great movie and snacking on some free popcorn with friends? This semester’s last movie, “Suffragette”, is a thrilling drama about the women of early 1900’s England who risked it all for their rights, showing FREE Thursday, March 30.

This story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement follows Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a working mother and wife. These women had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as their only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. The story of Maud’s fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, but also heart-breaking and inspirational.

March 30, 7 p.m.
Rating: PG-13
Student Union Building, Special Events Center
FREE With Student ID, $1 for non-students

Brought to you by Student Involvement and Leadership.

Accepting Submissions for 2017 Garage Art Contest

If you’re a Boise State artist looking for an opportunity to share your work, look no further.  The Boise State Department of Public Safety is calling for art entries into the 2017 Garage Art contest.  If your work is chosen, it will be displayed for a full year in 14 high-traffic areas of the Brady Street and Lincoln Avenue Garages. Drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking, metal works, ceramics, sculptures and digital art may be submitted. The selected works will be in place in early May.

Entries may be submitted by current students, staff or faculty using their Boise State email address to Submissions will be accepted until April 6, 2017, and should include the type of art being submitted in the subject line. Fourteen winners will receive prizes, as well as earn the opportunity to have their artwork showcased. Winners will be notified by April 24.

For full details of submission requirements, or to view the current featured artists, click here.

Campus Awards Nominations Are Open

The Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management is rolling out the blue carpet. It’s time to submit nominations for the 2017 Campus Awards Ceremony. Do you know a student group, staff, or faculty member, or individual who rises above the rest in making a difference for others and adding value to our university community? You can recognize the impact they have made by nominating them no later than March 28.

The semi-formal event annually recognizes students, faculty, and staff who exemplify Boise State’s Shared Values of academic excellence, caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.

Categories include:

  • Commitment to Community Award
  • David S. Taylor Service to Students Award
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Program of the Year Award
  • Inclusive Excellence Awards
  • Spirit of Boise State Awards

Nominations are being accepted online here until Tuesday, March 28.

 The ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 18 in the Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom. For more information, applications and nominations, visit For questions, call the Student Involvement and Leadership Center at 426-1223.

See Daniel Tosh at Taco Bell Arena

Promotional image for Daniel Tosh.

He’s irreverent. He’s nowhere near politically correct. He’s Daniel Tosh, and he’s coming to Boise State University.

Tosh is bringing his irreverent brand of observational comedy to Boise State 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3 at Taco Bell Arena. Get tickets for just $20 with your student ID at the Taco Bell Arena box office.

Tosh will host and perform an evening of stand-up comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0”. “Tosh.0” is a comedy series offering commentary on viral videos, social media sensations and all manner of internet absurdity. Comedy Central calls Tosh the “preeminent expert on exhibitionist weirdos, injurious idiots and the best worst things on the web.”

“Tosh.0” is currently in its ninth season and airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. MT on Comedy Central.

Boise State is one of 21 university campuses to host Tosh’s “” 2017 tour.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m.  Buy tickets here at You can also purchase tickets at the Taco Bell Arena box office, or by phone at (208) 426-1766. Student tickets are limited to four per person while supplies last.

Alert: Scam Targeting College Students

College students across the United States are being targeted in a common employment scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This “employment” results in a financial loss for participating students.

 How the scam works:

  • Scammers post online job advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions.
  • The student employee receives counterfeit checks in the mail or via e-mail and is instructed to deposit the checks into their personal checking account.
  • The scammer then directs the student to withdraw the funds from their checking account and send a portion, via wire transfer, to another individual. Often, the transfer of funds is to a “vendor”, purportedly for equipment, materials, or software necessary for the job.
  • Subsequently, the checks are confirmed to be fraudulent by the bank.

 The following are some examples of the employment scam e-mails:

“You will need some materials/software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work. The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company via check. Make sure you use them as instructed for the software and I will refer you to the vendor you are to purchase them from, okay.”

“I have forwarded your start-up progress report to the HR Dept. and they will be facilitating your start-up funds with which you will be getting your working equipment from vendors and getting started with training.”

 “Enclosed is your first check. Please cash the check, take $300 out as your pay, and send the rest to the vendor for supplies.”

Consequences of participating in this scam:

  • The student’s bank account may be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank with a credit bureau or law enforcement agency.
  • The student is responsible for reimbursing the bank the amount of the counterfeit checks.
  • The scamming incident could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
  • The scammers often obtain personal information from the student while posing as their employer, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.
  • Scammers seeking to acquire funds through fraudulent methods could potentially utilize the money to fund illicit criminal or terrorist activity.

 Tips on how to protect yourself from this scam:

  • Never accept a job that requires depositing checks into your account or wiring portions to other individuals or accounts.
  • Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers. Look for poor use of the English language in e-mails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization, and tenses.
  • Forward suspicious e-mails to the college’s IT personnel and report to the FBI.

Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam. If you have been a victim of this scam or any other Internet-related scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at and notify your campus police. The IC3 produced a PSA in May 2014 titled “Cyber-Related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, and Students,” which mentioned this type of scam.

View this PSA here.

Study Raptors in Kenya

Kenya, Boise State students boating in Kenya with Dr. Marc Bechard.

Boise State students boating in Kenya with Dr. Marc Bechard. John Kelly photo

Boise State offers one of the most unique biology programs in the country.  Did you know that it’s one of the few places where you can get a masters in raptor biology?  And if you’re looking for a study abroad opportunity to pair with this uncommon field of study, and ready for adventure, look no more.

Raptor biology professor Marc Bechard teamed with Munir Virani, director of Africa programs for the Peregrine Fund, to take 11 Boise State students to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Wildlife Reserve as part of a 3-credit course titled East African Raptors. This is the fifth time Bechard has taught the class. “I feel that it is important for Boise State students to learn about global issues,” he said.

The course focuses on the ecology and movements of African raptors, including a vulture population that’s one of the most threatened on the planet. Populations of the birds have declined as much as 75 percent over the last two decades due to poisoning by local farmers and poachers.

This time, the course started with boat surveys of Lake Naivasha to study African fish eagles, one of the most prominent bird species in the area. Naivasha is one of the biggest lakes in Kenya. From Naivasha, the group moved about 150 miles southwest to Masai Mara National Reserve where students were able to observe birds, big game (including the Big Five: lions, leopards, cape buffalo, elephants and rhinos) and other wildlife.

Students each study and prepare a presentation on a specific raptor species and then have the opportunity to observe that particular species in the wild. “It’s fun when they see the bird they reported on. We all hear, “That’s my bird!” Bechard said.

They also had the opportunity to interact with residents of the local Maasai village. Students learned how to make a Maasai fire, how to build a Maasai house, and what it takes to become a warrior.

Read more about the Kenya project here.

Learn more about the masters in raptor biology here.