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Ahana Summit

AHANA Summit

Join the BAIC for a retreat designed specifically for AHANA students! 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 Friday February 4- Sunday February 6, 2022.

Register today to secure your spot!

Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program

The purpose of the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program at Boston College is to assist undergraduate students in building solid foundations. The underlying objective of the program is to inspire students to strive toward excellence and to give them a steady advocate while they navigate through college. Students can 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 through obstacles they may face.

Mentoring Program

Navigating 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, is named after the great educator Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, who served as a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others. It was established in 1991 by the Office of AHANA Student Programs under a Ford Foundation grant dedicated to 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 Mays Mentoring Program also attempts to ameliorate potential isolation and loneliness that are often experienced by undergraduate students by pairing them with a mentor who is dedicated to developing a relationship with students througout their Boston College journey. There are currently over 67 mentors, including administrators, faculty members and staff, and over 100 students enrolled as proteges.  

Learning Outcomes

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:

Email: maymentoring@gmail.com


Bowman Advocates for Inclusive Culture

Mission Statement

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.

What We Do

  1. Co-facilitate debrief sessions during the Diversity Edu program during Welcome Week along with Resident Assistants, FACES members, faculty, and staff
  2. Facilitate Cultural Competency workshops for students that focus on diversity and identity
  3. Facilitate small group discussions at BAIC events or Diversity Conferences

Bowman Advocates

  • Bowman Advocates:Accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of their leadership skills
  • Articulate awareness of social justice issuesIdentify the relationship between past inequalities' and current social structures and conditions
  • Identify experiences that have consciously or unconsciously shaped their identity, assumptions about other people and their world view.
  • Define specific terms related to prejudice and discrimination
  • Explain the impact of bias behaviors in interpersonal and inter-group relationships  
  • Explain different levels of power and privilege that are associated with group membership      



If you have any questions or are interested in being part of the Bowman Advocate leadership program, please contact:

Andy Petigny, Associate Director

Applications are due September 8, 2023!

Apply Today

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. 

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!”

Application Deadline is Sunday, December 1. 

Register Now!


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 bowmancenter@bc.edu. 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!

Learning Outcomes

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 bowmancenter@bc.edu.

Senior Toast

Following Commencement ceremonies, the BAIC hosts a toast to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors with food and company!

Senior Toast

Sr. Thea's Ladies AHANA Leadership Program

Program Description

To create a strong community among undergraduate AHANA women at Boston College and provide opportunities for them to develop intellectually, spritually and socially.

Learning Outcomes

  • Establish a sense of community and create/strengthen support networks of peers and mentors.
  • Develop Strategies for navigating a PWI as women of color.Strengthen academic and leadership skills and personal and professional development.

The AHANA Male Leadership Program

The AHANA Male Leadership Program (AMLP) provides support for freshmen and sophomore students by strengthening their academic & leadership skills, personal & professional development, and nurturing character enrichment.

The purpose of AMLP is to develop and utilize leadership, communication and networking skills that engages and prepares AHANA men to emerge into tomorrow's men of competence, excellence, compassion, and social justice leaders.

Learning/Operational Outcomes:

  • Strengthen academic and leadership skills; 
  • Life skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their role in society;
  • Team build, foster community and create/strengthen support networks of peers and mentors;
  •  Interpersonal Competence

Students will learn to practice team leadership through active group participation. Students will examine their own and others' intrinsic and extrinsic motivations as leaders.

The contact person for this program is Richard Mapeza at mapeza@bc.edu.

Community Advocacy and Research Engagement Program

This 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. 

Program Highlights

  • 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)Latino, Asian American, Native American, African & African Diaspora tracks
  • Designated for cultural diversity credit

Program Components

  • This is a two-semester program that offers leadership, research, and public policy training for students interested in working with African and/or African Diaspora, Asian, Latino, and Native American communities in Massachusetts.
  • In the Fall, students participate in a seminar to study the process of community-based research, its methodologies, and begin to design a research proposal for an independent study. 
  • The seminar will also include guest speakers where academic researchers and community professionals will discuss their current work and experiences on issues related to the community of their research interest.
  • In the Spring, students will work with a faculty advisor on their independent research projects. They will also attend a seminar once a week with the course instructor.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this 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 studyBe critical consumers and producers of knowledge
  • Gain a deeper understanding of ethical and methodological issues related to community-based research
  • Develop presentation skills

Eligibility Requirements

The program welcomes applications from students who meet the following criteria:

Interest in social justice issues, leadership development, community involvement and scholarship

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following materials: 

  • A completed application - apply here 
  • A current resume
  • A current unofficial transcript

If you have any questions about the Community Research Program please contact: Misa Tran, Assistant Director
Email: tranqo@bc.edu