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Mission Statement

The mission of the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center is to support the undergraduate community, with a particular focus on AHANA, multiracial, and OTE students in navigating college life.  We strive to promote a welcoming environment that fosters holistic development. 

Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote equity, build community, and support opportunity.


In 1973 Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., then General of the Society of Jesus, coined the phrase “men and women for others”. He envisioned that graduates from Jesuit educational institutions would be people who worked for justice.

Our work is rooted in the Catholic tradition of our university, specifically in the Catholic Social Teaching Principles which we understand express a commitment to addressing institutional racism and inequities for AHANA and low income students.  Our guiding principles are:

1. Human dignity and rights: we believe that a just society is based on respect for human dignity.

2. Common good we believe that we all have a stake in ensuring that individuals within our community reach their fulfillment and can fully participate in their communities.

3. Subsidiaritywe believe that we have a duty to denounce unjust situations in society and to work with authorities to protect people from abuses.

4. Solidarity. We believe that our interdependence calls us to contribute to positive changes in society.


Our work is inspired by the life and philosophy of Thea Bowman, a catholic nun of the Franciscan Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration, who “helped people everywhere she went to explore their identity and to find their deepest humanity.” (Smith & Feister, 1)

Theoretical framework

Our work is grounded on multi-disciplinary theories, namely,

1. Critical Race Theory - is a framework that grew out of work in legal studies over concern with slow progress on civil rights and social justice issues.  It is used to deepen understanding of the educational barriers for people of color, as well as exploring how these barriers are resisted and overcome. 

2. Cultural Capital - Students bring cultural capital that can be of great value to them in their journey through BC.  This capital includes: aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, resistant.

3. Meritocracy - There is a complex relationship between education and social mobility.  Education can provide an opportunity for empowerment and social economic mobility through hard work and talent.   However, education can also reproduce social inequalities by rewarding the social and cultural capital of more privileged groups.

4. Affiliation - Recent research shows that same-race peer group affiliations for students of color reinforce socially conscious values and the pursuit of activities and careers in service of their community.   In addition, when white students interact with students of color they too derive the same types of benefits, underscoring the educational value of affirmative action in helping institutions fulfill their mission to prepare educational leaders.

5. Racial Identity Development - Racial identity development is a complex and fluid construct and cannot be understood apart from other social identities.  Racial identity is shaped by social, political, geographical (and religious) contexts. 

6. Inclusive Excellence - Tenets of Inclusive Excellence call on BC and the OASP to strive for equitable educational outcomes for AHANA, multicultural and multiracial students and to ensure that diversity goals go beyond increasing racial/ethnic diversity.

7. Social Justice Tenets - Understanding how privilege, resistance and dominant ideology function in the university can help the OASP engage with, and educate, members of the university who work with AHANA students with the goal of working towards social justice.

Definition of terms

Social diversity education:  focuses on appreciating social differences without an emphasis on power dynamics or differential access to resources and institutional support needed to life safe, satisfying, productive lives.   (Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 2007)

Social justice education: focuses on understanding the social power dynamics and social inequality that result in some social groups having privilege, status and access, whereas other groups are disadvantaged, oppressed, and denied access.  Social power can be defined as access to resources that enhance one’s chances of getting what one needs or influencing others in order to lead a safe, productive, fulfilling life.  (Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 2007)

Racial identity development: process by which individuals achieve an awareness of their sense of self in relation to race within a larger social, cultural, and historical context.   (Wijeyesinghe & Jackson, 2012)

Cultural competence education: process to facilitate the acquisition of a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts. (Benett, 2008)

Multiculturalism: seeks to promote the valuing of diversity and equal opportunity for all people through understanding of the contributions and perspectives of people of differing race, ethnicity, culture, language, religion, gender, social orientation, and physical abilities and disabilities.  A multicultural curriculum provides a more comprehensive, accurate, intellectually honest view of reality; prepare all students to function in a multicultural society, and better meet the learning needs of students… (Morey and Kitano, 1997). 

Boston College, Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center
Maloney Hall, Suite 455 | 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-3358 | Email:

Inés Maturana Sendoya, Ed.D

Andy Petigny, M.S.
Associate Director

Joana A. Maynard, M.Ed./M.R.E.
Senior Assistant Director

Tiffany Enos, M.A.
Assistant Director

Yara Cardoso, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Tamica Henri
Administrative Assistant 


Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center's Graduate Assistants

This year we had the following graduate assistants: Cherry Lim, Sean Haggerty,and Pattric Davis.  Although we were unable to capture them in a photo we would like to honor their hard work!



Left to right: Mei Fan, A&S '16; Lisa Vu, A&S '17; James Berkman, A&S '16; Jared Collier, A&S, '17; Isaacson Michel, A&S '17; Ejona Bakali, A&S '17; Abraham Joya, A&S '17; Heather Menar, A&S '16

She coulnd't make it but there is also, Lourdes Talavera, CSON '16!

Community Research Program


Community Research Program Coordinator: Marla DeRosa


advisory board

From left to right:

Devaun Bovell, Juliana Butrón, Jacob Liew, Karen Zheng, Rosianna De Barros, Joi Dallas, Malynna Mam, Gerado Acosta.

2016 OTE English FACULTY 

OTE English Faculty

Left to Right:

Back Row - Dustin Rutledge, Marla DeRosa, Treseanne Ainsworth, Lorenzo Puente

Front Row - Stephanie Redekop, Gretchen Fredericksen, Kathleen Steele


2016 OTE Residential Staff

OTE Residential Staff

Top Back Row - Jaime Hermosilla, George Boateng, Gaoyuan Liu,

Middle Row - Joi Dallas, Mariama Saffa, Ashley Valentin, Tiffany House

Front Row-  Laura- Kay Demarco, Sara Wong, Janelle Way, Yvonne Gonzales, Xavier Husser


2016 OTE Math Faculty


Left to Right

Gerry Lambert, Tracia Fung, Andrea LaGala Lamb, Christopher Bowen.


Since its founding 43 years ago, the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center has grown substantially to meet the needs of Boston College’s increasingly diverse student population, and has changed its name several times to reflect this growth and change. Today, BAIC serves 735 BC students each year through its 23 regular programs, and touches even more through single events, presentations, outreach, and collaboration with other BC departments. To learn more about the history of the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, please view and click on the the web resources below.


Key Milestones   |  AHANA Defined  |  Sr. Bowman Tribute  |  Benjamin E. May Bio



Dear Students,

We hope you had a wonderful holiday break, and you were able to enjoy the time with your friends and loved ones.

The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center provides programs and services that aide in the retention of AHANA, Multiracial and Intercultural students. Every program and service we offer is created to support your academic success, social integration, and holistic development as a Boston College student. We also support all undergraduate students in building their intercultural competence.

College Counseling is one of our most enriching services. You can meet with any of the BAIC staff to receive counsel on a range of topics: from course selection to microagressions we are here to help you navigate those complex conversations and listen.

If you, or someone you know, is unsure of how to facilitate conversations on race, or the intersections of race, gender, socioeconomic status, et al, we offer a variety of programs that help build the confidence and skills needed to have these conversation ins a safe and productive way.

Dialogues on Race is a six-week program that uses a variety of educational mediums to discuss and reflect on issues related to race. All sessions are facilitated by trained student facilitators. For more information and how to get involved please contact Tiffany Enos.

If you are interested in experiencing these conversations in a classroom led by a faculty member, please check out the one-credit course: Journey to Racial Justice Seminar.

Campus of Difference  is a cultural competency program that offers a variety of workshops based on the Anti-Defamation League Curriculum  (ADL). For more information and how to get involved please contact Tiffany Enos.

RIDE is a weekend retreat that provides a safe space for undergraduate students to consider and discuss experiences of race and identity. For more information on how to get involved contact for more information and how to get involved please contact Yara Cardoso.

Our other programs include: Nursing Outreach, Ethnic Heritage Months, Mays Mentoring, Spiritual Engagement and Outreach, and Summer Tuition Remission.

We also prepared a resource to help you understand racial trauma and ways to combat it and take care of yourself #RacialTraumaisReal.  Feel free to stop by the Center and pick up your own copy. 


In the spirit of academic success!

Dr. Ines Maturana Sendoya

Director of the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center