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A Message From Dr. Inés Maturana Sendoya

Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

Dr. Ines Maturana Sendoya, Director of the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center

Welcome Class 2018!

On behalf of my colleagues at the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, I want to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2018.   We are looking forward to getting to know you, sharing the resources available in the Center and helping you use your talents to thrive at Boston College.

For those of you who are returning, please come by to our new location in Maloney 455.   We are eager to share with you our new more centralized location, a student lounge, dedicated work stations for student assistants, and a larger conference room.

With our new home also comes a new name. We are delighted to officially be renamed the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center (BAIC), which honors and recognizes the history of OASP and at the same time signals Boston College's commitment to offer more programming to increase and support the cultural diversity of our undergraduate students. Each word in our new name was carefully selected and has meaning behind it.

Thea Bowman: Over the past year, we have linked—in a purposeful manner—our work to the values of Thea Bowman. As we continued to learn more about her extraordinary life and her dedication to intercultural understanding and harmony, it became clear to us that our mission and her life's work aligned perfectly together. We look forward to continuing to create awareness on campus about her work, values, and life through an annual Thea Bowman event and the branding of our services and programs. Also, the Thea Bowman House at 72 College Road will retain its name.

AHANA: By maintaining the acronym in the name of the office, we clarify to the BC community that we continue to support AHANA students, and that we honor the history of the office.

And: Signals that in addition to supporting AHANA students we also provide additional programming that serves multiple purposes.

Intercultural: Indicates that we not only work with students of different cultures but also serve as a place where intercultural learning happens.

Center: Many students indicated that the word center conveys the sense of community, warmth, and family that a house provides.

So we hope that you come to visit us and be a part of our programs and services.   We are looking forward to what we anticipate will be an exciting year.

In the spirit of academic success!

Inés Maturana Sendoya