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Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association


The AYA (fern) is a symbol of Endurance and Resourcefulness. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. "An individual who wears this symbol suggests that [she/he] has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty" (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary).


Welcome to the BFSAA!

The Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association (BFSAA) is a resource for people of African descent at all levels of the Boston College community.  BFSAA was founded in 1972 by a small group of African-American faculty, and administrators. The group expanded to include staff around 1976.  As a professional organization at Boston College, we are committed to promoting the interests, welfare and advocating for the advancement of people of color on campus  We invite you to join us at our monthly meetings or sponsored events throughout the academic year, for fellowship, dialogue, debate, and to hear issues of concern related to black employees.

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BFSAA annual celebration december 2015



Patricia Lowe has is now the Interim Executive Director of the Office for Institutional Diversity.  Congratulations to her! Check out the announcement.

BFSAA Organizational Change
With Patricia Lowe's promotion to Executive Director of OID, she will no longer be able to serve as the Co-Chair for BFSAA. With Karen Jarvis-Thorne on leave until January, Thomas Harwell will be taking over leadership of BFSAA. He will represent the group on the Diversity Awareness Committee and hopes to continue the great work that Patricia and Karen have started this year.


Dean Vincent Rougeau participated in the CHRIJ-sponsored talk. Here is the link to the article about hiss conversation titled
"Fighting Racism by Modeling Inclusion: Reflections of an African-America Dean"

Akua Sarr is now the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties

Yvonne MacBarnett is now the Manager of the Montserrat Coalition.

Renee Croxen was awarded the Help Desk Specialist Award by the Help Desk Institute.

Patty Birch has moved to the School of Social Work from the Office of Residential Life.

Patricia Lowe completed the Joyce N. Leadership Academy.



bunch leahy

Congratulations Dan Bunch!

Dan Bunch was honored with the 2015 Community Service Award thanks to his continued contribution to Boston College and his exemplification of Jesuit values.




Please join BFSAA in celebrating Black History and Women's History Months. If you will like to share your thoughts on your struggles, triumphs and aspirations, please contact Your submission can be in the form of a poem or free flowing text. You have the option of attaching your name to your contribution or leaving it anonymous. You can read current contributions by visiting the Our Story page.