We believe that everyone should have a stake in ensuring that all individuals are empowered to reach their potential while participating fully in their communities.
The AHANA Summit is a free, two-day overnight retreat designed specifically for AHANA students to connect and to share their experiences. There will also be a chance to meet other AHANA+ students, AHANA faculty and staff, and young AHANA alumni. The goal of the AHANA Summit is to continue to build community among AHANA students, highlight resources on campus, and allow each student to share his or her unique story.
AHANA Summit will take place on February 21-23, 2020 (Fri-Sun) at Wonderland Conference Center.
Contact Danielle Date for more information. Registration information to come.
Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program
The focus of the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program at Boston College is to assist undergraduate students in building these solid foundations. The underlying objective of the program is to inspire students to strive toward excellence and giving them a steady advocate while they navigate college. Students benefit from the encouragement, sound advice, and ongoing support from those who have succeeded in reaching their goals. Students are able to better define educational, career and life goals with such resources at hand, particularly having support through whatever obstacles they may face during these times.
Negotiating a large university campus can be challenging for any freshman, but AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American), multiracial, and OTE students at Boston College can find support through the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program. This mentoring program, named after the great educator Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, who himself served as a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others, was established in 1991 by the Office of AHANA Student Programs under a Ford Foundation grant for improving campus diversity. The Mays Mentoring Program is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to have a personal connection with a faculty member, administrator, or staff who can guide them through the college environment.
The Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program attempts to ameliorate potential isolation and loneliness that are often experienced by undergraduate students by pairing them with a mentor who is willing and dedicated to develop a relationship with undergraduate students and to follow them through their undergraduate career at Boston College.
There are currently over 60 mentors, including faculty members, administrators, and staff, and over 100 students enrolled as protégés in the program. By working with students beginning in the first year, mentors assist protégés in building solid foundations that help to ensure the successful achievement of their goals. Mentors provide encouragement and support as students develop habits and attitudes that lead to academic and personal success.
By participating in the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program, protégés will be able to:
- Seek support/guidance from their mentors
- Listen and critically examine the perspectives of their mentors
- Think critically and proactively with regards to their academic, social/personal and long-term career goals
- Articulate the value of a mentoring relationship and the importance of having mentors
- Learn and identify new resources available on campus, and how/when to utilize them
Complete the protégés application
For New Mentors ONLY:
Complete the mentor application
Current Mentors ONLY:
Update your Mentor Participation Form
For more information about the Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program, please contact:
Yara DeSousa, Assistant Director
Maloney Hall Suite 455
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Bowman Advocates for Inclusive Culture
Bowman Advocates for Inclusive Culture are student leaders who strive to support and empower the undergraduate student body in building a more inclusive Boston College community through cross-cultural dialogue.
Who We Are
Boston College sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been trained by BAIC staff members to facilitate cross-cultural activities and dialogues with our peer community
Sianay Chase, Graduate Assistant
Danielle Date, Assistant Director of Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center
What We Do
- Co-facilitate debrief sessions during the MOSAIC program during Welcome Week along with Resident Assistants and FACES members
- Co-facilitate Campus of Difference workshops for first-year students that focus on diversity and identity
If you have any questions or are interested in being part of the Bowman Advocate leadership program, please contact:
Andy Petigny, Associate Director
Magis Civil Rights Immersion Trip
The Magis Civil Rights Immersion Trip is a six-day tour through the South with stops at major sites related to the civil rights movement. The trip coincides with BC’s spring break, and encourages students to gain a deeper understanding of historic events, and of their own place within the continued battle for racial equality in the United States.
As part of the aim of the 360 degree development of our students, the facilitation of a healthy concept of self is crucial. Important to understanding who we are as individuals, as well as being culturally and racially diverse, is an appreciation of where we come from and the history of struggle by our forebears that allow us to experience the liberties we so take for granted these days.
The civil rights movement is a pivotal part of this for many of us; white and black alike.
Too many of our youngsters today think of the civil rights movement to be the stuff of which stories are told. For them, the movement belongs in history books and is as fantasy-based as Snow White and the Dwarfs, with their varied names. It needs to be made alive for them so that they can come to realize that the civil rights movement is part of our everyday experience because it is that struggles which continues for so many and which continues to develop a healthy tolerance for the variety that defines all humanity.
This is part of what the educational program we provide at our Jesuit Catholic university aims to do through campus ministry. To have students find God in all things and come to terms with their place in the universe so that they can positively impact their world.
For more information, visit the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, Maloney Hall Suite 455, or email email@example.com.
Community Research Program
CRP is a two-semester program that offers leadership, research, and public policy training for students interested in working with Latino, Asian American, Native American, and/or African and African Diaspora communities in Massachusetts. In the Fall, students will participate in a seminar to study the process of community-based research and its methodologies, and begin to design a research proposal for an independent study with a faculty advisor for the Spring semester research project. The seminar will also include a Lecture Series where academic researchers and community professionals will discuss their current work and experiences on issues related to the four research-interest communities.
As a result of participating in the Community Research Program students will be able to:
- Gain an understanding of the uniqueness of community-based research in comparison to other forms of research
- Build upon knowledge of the issues affecting communities of color and those organizations
- Acquire methodological skills
- Learn the important components in designing a research proposal and conducting a study
- Be critical consumers and producers of knowledge
- Gain a deeper understanding of ethical and methodological issues related to community-based research
- Develop presentation skills
Interested applicants should submit the following materials:
- A completed application - apply here
- A current resume
- A current unofficial transcript
- Latino, Asian American, Native American, African & African Diaspora tracks
- Year-long research seminar, including research methods
- Opportunity to conduct independent research under faculty guidance
- Small classroom environment, personal support & guidance
- Opportunity to present in public forums
- 7 academic credits (may fulfill requirements for the Asian American studies concentration, African and African Diaspora studies program or Sociology)
- Designed for cultural diversity credit
Students are required to complete all aspects of the program to receive a Certificate of Completion and course credit, which include:
Community Research Seminar
This year-long seminar takes place in two stages: In the first semester, students will study quantitative and qualitative research methods and develop a proposal for a research project on issues affecting the Latino, Asian American, Native American, and African/African Diaspora communities in Massachusetts. Students will 1) select a topic of interest, 2) conduct a literature review, and 3) identify the purpose and research method for a research project. The seminar will also include a Lecture Series where researchers, professors, and community leaders will talk about their current work and experiences on issues related to the four research-interest communities. Students will receive 3 credits upon completion of this part of the seminar.
During the second semester, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor of each student’s choice, students will conduct their research projects on an issue affecting the Latino, Asian American, and African/African Diaspora and Native American communities. Students will also attend a once per week 75 minute methodological seminar. Students will receive a total of 4 credits for Spring semester upon completion of their research project.
The program welcomes applications from students who meet the following criteria:
- Current undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average
- Interests in leadership development, community involvement and scholarship
If you have any questions about the Community Research Program please contact:
Yara DeSousa, Assistant Director
Dialogues on Race
Dialogues on Race (DOR) is a peer-led discussion group on issues surrounding race, identity, and racial justice. The program consists of five weekly meetings and takes place in various residence areas around campus. DOR is a safe space for students of all races to explore and expand on their knowledge of their own racial identities, speak about current issues, and support one another in building a more inclusive BC community. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of initial comfort, level of understanding, and/or previous experience with racial dialogue. The DOR is always open!
How It Works
- Students meet for 5 consecutive weeks, 2 hours each week on the same night, in a private residential lounge.
- Using articles, films, video, and their own experiences, participants discuss and reflect on issues related to race.
- Session themes include: race at BC, their identity and how it shapes them, institutional racism, race in the media, and more.
- All sessions are peer facilitated by Bowman Advocates for Inclusive Culture.
What Students Are Saying
“I’ve learned that it’s very important to share your experiences in order to connect with others and work to ease racial tensions.”
“My favorite aspect of this program was that I could discuss topics about race outside of a classroom environment with people who were as equally interested as I was.”
“What I really loved about DOR was talking to people from different racial backgrounds than me and just learning about their experience at BC. It is so refreshing to learn about other people’s lives and to examine firsthand what life in BC (or America!) is like for those who aren’t in the racial majority.”
“It is important to learn about different experiences because it forces people to be more analytical and critical of the systems of power that may not always be directly present in their lives. Also, just knowing about other cultures in general makes for a more well-rounded and educated person who can try then to understand a variety of perspectives.”
As a result of participating in Dialogues on Race, students will be able to:
- articulate how others' racial identities may affect their experiences in society
- define institutional racism and explain how it impacts society.
- identify the relationship between past inequalities' and current social structures and conditions
- show a willingness to be open to new and challenging perspectives
Andy Petigny, Associate Director
Ethnic Heritage Months
BAIC collaborates with student organizations and academic and student affairs departments to celebrate the contributions of AHANA communities. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15; Native American Heritage Month is in November; Black History Month is in February and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in April.
Before each home football game, BAIC hosts a tailgate with music, burgers, hot dogs, and various ethnic foods! We collaborate with different clubs and campus partners to provide a space for everyone to have some fun!
Jamaica Magis Service Immersion Trip
Jamaica Magis allows Boston College students to live and serve in solidarity with people in Jamaica who have faced social, political, and economic oppression. Students gain a deeper understanding of social justice and spirituality by learning to recognize the face of God in all things.
What We Do
Be in solidarity with people who have been socially, politically, and economically marginalized.
Learn aspects of Jamaican culture through a series of readings, discussions, speakers, and community projects.
Share individual skills, resources, and gifts for the purpose of creating a more just society and world.
Nurture and challenge faith lives through worship and daily encounters with Jamaicans in an ecumenical setting.
What does Magis mean?
St. Ignatius coined the term when he started "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" or "for the Glory of God." Magis in the vision of St. Ignatius was meant to mean the "more." It is meant to make us question where do we find more in our lives? Is there Magis in our relationships? Our faith and spiritual life? Is there Magis in our love and affection? We named our trip Magis because through the good works of service we remember to fuel our more.
Racial Identity Development Experience (RIDE)
What is the RIDE?
The Racial Identity Development Experience (R.I.D.E), a weekend retreat that provides a safe space for undergraduate students to consider and discuss experiences of race and identity. On this retreat, participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, reflect on their own personal experiences, and learn from other students.
The impact of the RIDE cannot be overstated, and is probably best expressed by past R.I.D.E participants. In post-evaluation surveys, participants have described the retreat as “an amazing, formative experience that taught me how far I have come and how far I have to go,” “a life-changing experience” “I finally feel like I belong,” “surpassed my expectations because I learned so much more than I ever could have anticipated,” and “the highlight of my BC career so far!”
Although the RIDE retreat is only limited to one weekend, the RIDE experience lasts throughout the year. Participants can sign up for the “Conversations Partner” program second semester, which pairs RIDE participants with graduate students mentors to continue discussions about race and identity. Additionally, this year the BAIC will launch RIDE 2.0: Intersecting Identities. RIDE 2.0 consists of three events where participants will further explore how race informs other aspects of their identity, such as gender, socioeconomic class, and sexuality. More information about the intersectionality series will be posted in January!
How can you help students learn more about the RIDE?
Invite us to pitch the retreat to your classroom or organization! We can keep our pitch as succinct as 1 minute or as detailed as 5 minutes, and allow time for question & answer.
Share our flyer and program description with your listservs!
Nominate students you know to lead or attend this retreat! To nominate a student, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will follow up with the student to let them know about the nomination and give them all of the information they need to know to apply and/or register.
For professors only: Offer extra credit for students who attend the retreat! If you identify with the mission of our office and/or the R.I.D.E retreat, or if the program may enhance your student’s learning experience inside the classroom, consider incentivizing the retreat with extra credit. If you do, please let us know so that we can confirm your students’ participation with you!
As a result of participating in the RIDE, students will be able to:
- Recognize how they have been socialized to see race and identify areas where racial differences have been reinforced
- Articulate awareness of own racial identity and express why
- Demonstrate comfort-ability talking about race and identity
- Develop one way to discuss racial identity in the future
Still have questions?
Send us an email at email@example.com.
Spiritual Engagement & Outreach Initiatives
As a part of BAIC, we desire to promote the spiritual development of AHANA and multicultural students. We work to increase the awareness of spiritual diversity on campus by providing connections between multi-faith groups with students seeking to further their spiritual formation.
Spirituality, Faith, and Religion ... What's the Difference?
Spirituality: Broader concept that involves belief in a connection to something larger than ourselves, includes a search for meaning in life.
Faith: A Belief based on complete confidence or trust
Religion: Organized system of beliefs, views, and practices.
Here at the BAIC’s SEOI, we want to be a resource for you. Students are encouraged to connect with us in order to have conversations about spirituality, interconnectedness, faith, justice, and everything in between in a safe, relaxed environment. Reach out and have a conversation! We can’t wait to meet you.
Additional Resources Can be found here
The Gift of Giving—Charity In Religion
Charity is a crucial building block in any society, and can go to support an endless variety of individuals, including the poor, homeless, orphans, refugees, and virtually every other marginalized population there is. Charity may be something tangible, such as food or clothes donations, monetary donations, or serving in a community. Most religions urge members to give from what they have been blessed with as a way of benefitting others as well as ourselves.
Buddhism: Education is a guide, knowledge is key. (Buddha)
Christianity: A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge increases power. (Old Testament, Proverbs, 25:4)
Hinduism: As long as I live, so long do I learn. (Sri Ramakrishna)
Islam: Read! In the name of your Rabb (Cherisher and Substainer) who creatd man, out of a clot: Read! And your Lord is most bountiful who has taught (the use of) pen. He has taught man that which he knew not (Qur'an, 96:1-5)
Judaism: For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of who has it. (Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 7:12)
Lift As You Climb Mentorship Program
A mentoring program that pairs first year OTE students to junior OTE students. This program introduces first-year OTE students to resources that can assist them with navigating their journey as members of the Boston College community, and to assist in their adjustment to college life.
AHANA Send Off
The AHANA Send Off is an event that celebrates a great achievement in a students’ life—earning a college degree. It also acknowledges and celebrates the culture of our students of color. All graduating students of color are invited to participate in this event. This event takes place the Saturday prior to Commencement. Graduates receive a complimentary dinner and special stole at the event plus more surprises!
Following Commencement ceremonies, the BAIC hosts a toast to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors with food and company!