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Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston College 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014. On behalf of the Hispanic Heritage Steering Committee (HHM) I am happy to announce our 6th year celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston College, from September 15th through October 15th.  As we celebrate this month, it is an exciting opportunity to create greater awareness to both students and the community of Hispanic and Latino cultures. 

C.A.R.E. Week 2014

Dear Boston College Student:

As we head into spring, I wanted to let you know about some of the many campus and community events throughout the month of April, including Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, C.A.R.E. Week, Black Family Weekend, and the Boston College Arts Festival. For your convenience, we’ve created a comprehensive roundup of events. I hope you will take advantage of Boston College’s numerous cultural, social, and spiritual opportunities.  I also want to direct you to our comprehensive sexual assault resources webpage, which has comprehensive information for survivors, including the booklet entitled You are Not Alone.

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, I wish you an enjoyable and successful rest of the semester.


Barb Jones, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs



Vet Night Out
Vet Night Out

Join the Office of Graduate Student Life and your fellow service members for appetizers at Patron's Mexican Kitchen and Watering Hole (138 Brighton Ave.- above Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston) on Wednesday, April 16th between 7:30-9:00pm.   It will be a relaxed evening of fellowship and fun to celebrate the closing of the spring semester.  Spouses, partners and significant others are also welcome!

Please email Amanda at by Monday, April 14th to RSVP.  We hope to see you there!

Mr. Michael W. Twitty "Dining on a Haunted Plate"

March 18th, 2014. 6PM. Walsh Function Room.

Michael W. Twitty presents "Dining on a Haunted Plate": Becoming a Black Chef in the 18th and 19th Centuries. This presentation demonstrates the history of the cuisine as an extension of the foodways of Africa in early America with emphasis on the cooking techniques, cultural transformation, and flavor principles unique to this translation of Western cuisine by early African American chefs.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:00 p.m. The Heights Room

Recasting Women: Challenging Media Distortions that Curb Women’s Power and Influence

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning writer, director, and producer of the documentary films Miss Representation (2011) and The Mask You Live In (2014), will discuss how mass media depictions of women and girls restrict their paths to positions of leadership and power. She will also explore how we as a society can affect and change culture.

"I Am Strong" Strong Women, Strong Girls at Boston College

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. O'neill Library, Level One Gallery.

This series will repeat every day 25 more times through March 28, 2014
The purpose of this exhibit is to bring awareness to the BC chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls, as well as to portray what it means to be women in society today. We all come from different backgrounds and circumstances, which make us all individually unique. However, as females we all share a bond that only we can understand. We are strong and proud to be who we are, and we should never be afraid to show it. This exhibit is based on an article that was written in The Heights, the independent student newspaper at Boston College. The article talks about a study that was done in 2012, revealing that female Boston College students' self-confidence declines during their four years at BC. The study sheds light upon a very important issue on campus, concluding with recommendations on how the University can try and reverse the ongoing issue. -- Abigail Blaisdell, College of Advancing Studies '15, BC Chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls

Wheelchair Dancing and Zumba

The Graduate Education Association at the Boston College Lynch School presents a new first time at BC event- Wheelchair Dancing: 


What:  Wheelchair dancing (integrated abilities dance) and Zumba 

When: February 25th, 2:00-3:30pm 

Where: Walsh Function Room, Boston College.  


This event will be videotaped  from 2-3. We will give a demo, then open it up for everyone to try it. Please pre-register. Everyone from the BC Community welcome to come watch or participate with music and fun.  Free.  Light refreshments.  (Flyer attached)

Video of "Gender Equality and Sexual Identity Equality" Online!

Did you miss former President of Ireland Mary McAleese at the CHRIJ sponsored event "Gender Equality and Sexual Identity Equality: Journeys Just Begun and a Long Way Still to Go" on Oct. 24? Now you can watch the full event on the Center's website. Visit /content/bc/centers/humanrights/Videos.html to watch this and other CHRIJ past events such as "The Price of Truth: Honduran Human Rights Since the Coup" and "Justice for Some: Reflections on (Every) Americans' Right to Legal Representation."

Watch Gender Equality and Sexual Identity Equality: Journeys Just Begun and a Long Way Still to Go »

Movie Screening: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

December 5, 2013 7:00 p.m. Coolidge Corner Theatre

Join the CHRIJ and co-sponsor, The Boisi Center, at a free movie screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography and starring Idris Elba. Reserve your ticket today.

Boston College professors Zine Magubane (Sociology) and Shawn Copeland (Theology) will introduce the film, and lead a short discussion with the audience following the screening.

International Education Week

November 11th-15th, 2013. Boston College with be celebrating International Education Week from November 11-15 with close to 40 educational, cultural and social events open to all graduate students! Come out and learn more about other countries and cultures as well as exciting international initiatives and programs both at BC and abroad.