Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Boston University Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Diversity, Inclusion & Justice

We seek to become an agent of transformation to build diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our Center and for individuals living with mental health conditions.

Mission Statement

We are guided by the Center’s value of personhood -the belief that every human being has the same value and rights to the freedoms and opportunities afforded by our democracy. 

We are also guided by the value of anti-racism-the belief that racism and all the social, legal, financial, and violent injustices and exploitations of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color is wrong and that actions are required to dismantle personal and systemic racism at the intersection of mental health. 

Spotlight Current Work

Dori Hutchinson, Courtney-Joly-Lowdermilk & Juan Leon Parra were awarded an $8000 Innovation in Teaching and Learning Grant to pilot our hallmark, collegiate resilience course, LEAD Español, in Spanish for Spanish-speaking and Heritage speakers. This fall the course will be taught for 1-credit at Boston University, as PDP HE 103

Larry Kohn and Dori Hutchinson provide emotional support to students referred by the Dean of Students Office upon receipt of a Title IX complaint. 

Dori Hutchinson and Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk serve as Faculty and Staff advisors on student mental health for Hillel House at Boston University.

Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk serves as a Campus Coach for the Boston University chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a student-led, mentoring organization. 

Dori Hutchinson serves as the University’s Active Minds advisor, and Chelsea Cobb will serve as the University’s One Love Foundation advisor.


BU International Graduate Student Guide

BU Office of Diversity & Inclusion

BU Disability & Access Services

BU Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism

The Newbury Center: Supporting and celebrating first-generation undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at BU.

Glossary for Culture Transformation: shared language is foundational to creating common understanding by expanding our awareness of the world beyond our individual identities and experiences.

A Work Place Divided: understanding the climate for LGBTQ workers nationwide 

Mind the Gap: A Handbook of Clinical Signs in Black and Brown Skin

The Trevor Project Trans & Gender Identity Resources: world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQIA+ young people.

PLAG Transgender Resources: dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families.

GLSEN: Gay, lesbian, straight education community 

MAP for Health : Provide an inviting safe space where API LGBTQ+ youth can come together to find support, make friends, and learn how to lead healthy lives.

Casa Esperanza: an organization studying the impact of addiction and mental illness on the Latino community in Massachusetts. 

BEAM: Black Emotional & Mental Health a national training, movement building, and grant making institution that is dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.

Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support. 

Mental Health in the Bi+ Community Bisexual Resource Center 

National Center for College Students with Disabilities: federally funded national center in the U.S. for college and graduate students with any type of disability, chronic health condition, or mental or emotional illness.

Campus Based Disability Resource Center: Here you can find disability-related information from degree-granting colleges and universities across the United States.

Antiracist material : recommended books, podcasts, articles, videos, films & organizations 

Steve Fund a reference for the parents and caregivers of college students of color

Deaf YES: Center for Deaf Empowerment & Recovery Deaf-positive center for mental health care 

Black Family Blueprint workshops, coaching, and consulting for Black families


Contact Anna-Mariya Kirova, Training Associate & Chairperson of the Antiracist Task Force or Co-director of College Mental Health Education Programs Chelsea Cobb.