The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center strives to:
- Provide community, support and resouces for all Boston College students with a focus on students of color, LGBTQ+, and historically marginalized students.
- Educate faculty, staff, and students on how to build a community of belonging by celebrating identity and culture, building relationships, and fostering mentorship.
Our vision is to validate, elevate, and celebrate all student identities at Boston College.
Our work is inspired by the life and philosophy of Thea Bowman, a Catholic nun of the Franciscan Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration, who “helped people everywhere she went to explore their identity and to find their deepest humanity.” (Smith & Feister, 1)
Pillars of the Office
Ingrained in our mission are the following:
In 1973, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., then General of the Society of Jesus, coined the phrase “men and women for others.” He envisioned that graduates from Jesuit educational institutions would be people who worked for justice.
Our work is rooted in the Catholic tradition of our University, specifically in the Catholic Social Teaching Principles, which we understand express a commitment to addressing institutional racism and inequities for AHANA and low-income students. Our guiding principles are:
Human dignity and rights
We believe that a just society is based on respect for human dignity.
We believe that we all have a stake in ensuring that individuals within our community reach their fulfillment and can fully participate in their communities.
We believe that we have a duty to denounce unjust situations in society and to work with authorities to protect people from abuses.
We believe that our interdependence calls us to contribute to positive changes in society.