Dr. Donald Brown Award
Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center
The Dr. Donald Brown Award was established in honor of the former director of the Office of AHANA Student Programs, now the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. Every year the Award honors a senior who throughout his/her undergraduate career has made extraordinary contributions to the greater Boston College campus, particularly with the AHANA community, in the areas of leadership, service, and academic development.
Dr. Donald Brown was the director of the Office of AHANA Student programs from 1978 to 2005. Under his leadership, the name of the office was changed from "Office of Minority Student Programs" to the Office of AHANA Student Programs. He was also credited with initiating the following programs: the Options Through Education Transitional Summer Program (OTE), the Thea Bowman Scholars Program, and the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program, among others. He was instrumental in the development of many university-wide initiatives including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and the Affiliates Program.
Winners of the Dr. Brown Award reflect the character and integrity that Dr. Brown brought to the Boston College community. The focus of the Award is the recognition of student engagement on campus, particularly with the AHANA community, over all four years of a student’s undergraduate career. In addition to a strong academic performance, nominees should have demonstrated significant initiative and leadership in the larger university community.