The AHANA Alumni Advisory Council offers a number of signature events and programs each year including an annual winter social, summer cookout, and Reunion Weekend reception. Additionally, the Council partners with a number of campus programs to support and promote current students including Diversity Networking Night and Endeavor. The Council’s signature event, with two incredibly successful iterations thus far, is RECONNECT. RECONNECT serves as the culmination of growth and progress for the Council’s mission as the largest gathering of AHANA alumni at Boston College. We hope you’ll plan to join us soon!
The AAAC Presents: #InPowering our AHANA Community
WHEN: October 6, 2021 | 12:00 PM EDT
The AHANA Alumni Advisory Council welcomes all members of the Boston College community to join us for a conversation with:
Elisa Charters, member of the Parents Leadership Council; co-founder of the non-profit Latina Surge and a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and the BIPOC community of women; and Arivee Rozier-Byrd ’05, LAW’08, member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as they discuss actionable steps that will help support women of the Latina/X community both professionally and personally. The scope of this conversation will include the empowerment of BIPOC women in both the private and public sector while offering tools and techniques to address disparities. They will also discuss the ways that the Latina community and women of color can get involved within the BC community.
The AAAC presents: Your Career, Your Options with Steve Pemberton ’89, P’23
Thursday, June 3rd
Steve Pemberton ’89, HON’15, MCGS’19, P ’23 and Patricia Lowe ’91, WGCAS ’23 discussed how AHANA alumni can approach their careers (whether just starting out, looking to take the next step, or seeking a career change). Especially in a landscape where the pandemic has particularly impacted the AHANA community, this event sought to answer questions that we all have related to career advancement. Steve Pemberton took a very non-linear path to becoming Chief Human Resources Officer at WorkHuman and is an industry expert in Human Resources and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Patricia Lowe is the Executive Director for Institutional Diversity at Boston College.
The Talented Tenth: A Conversation With Dr. Martin Pierre
Wednesday, March 24
Dr. Martin Pierre ‘MCAS 89, LGSOE ‘02 and Gabriela (Biba) Fullon LSOE ‘05,LGSOE ‘06 engaged in a conversation around societal factors that have an impact on maintaining mental health within communities of color. During the course of the conversation, Dr. Pierre presented his findings on several topics while also providing information on how to cope and practice self-care given the trauma and challenges faced by AHANA communities.
AHANA Alumni Advisory Council: Prayer Service
Wednesday, February 24
In honor of Black History Month, the AHANA Alumni Advisory Council held a prayer service. It featured members of the AHANA community, the service was in celebration of the African American experience and the larger AHANA alumni community.
Racial Disparities and COVID-19
The conversation took place on August 13th and focused on racial inequities in the health-care system pertaining to COVID-19 and provided attendees with context for the issues and ways in which they can be addressed.
The event featured:
• Professor Nadia Abuelezam, professor at the Connell School of Nursing and epidemiologist, who is researching inequities in health outcomes and access in resource poor settings and vulnerable populations.
• Professor Renée Landers, JD'85, professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School; director of the Suffolk Law School Health and biomedical law concentration
• Juan Lopera '99, vice president, marketing and RI Medicaid, Tufts Health Public Plans; business diversity officer, Tufts Health Plan