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Diversity at Boston College

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We are a School of Education in the Jesuit tradition, a tradition of equal justice and educational excellence that goes back hundreds of years. We are passionately committed to fostering a supportive learning environment where diversity is celebrated.

Office for Institutional Diversity

The Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) was established in the spring of 2004 as the successor to the Office of Affirmative Action, which was itself established in September 1971 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation (for more about OID's history click here). In establishing the OID, the University signaled its commitment to redirect and strengthen its efforts in the area of diversity. Our overarching goal is to make diversity a way of life at Boston College, thereby helping us live out our Jesuit Catholic heritage more fully, while recognizing diversity as a conduit to create a competitive advantage for the University.

Office of AHANA Student Programs

AHANA is an acronym used to describe individuals of African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent. The term AHANA was coined in 1979 by two Boston College students, Alfred Feliciano and Valerie Lewis. These students, acting as ambassadors for fellow students, objected to the name "Office of Minority Programs" then used by the University, citing the definition of the word minority as "less than." They proposed instead to use the term "AHANA," which they felt celebrated the cultural differences present in our society. You can learn more about this office through the AHANA Facts and Frequently Asked Questions.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Getting involved in campus activities is an important connection between you and the greater campus community. It is important to know what organizations and opportunities are available for you once you arrive on campus. The following is a list of some of our largest AHANA and cultural student groups on campus.