Our work is rooted in the Catholic tradition of our University, specifically in the Catholic Social Teaching Principles, and reflects our commitment to addressing institutional racism and inequities for AHANA and low income students.

College Counseling

Pursuing a post-secondary education requires important decision-making with lifelong implications. Such decisions include selecting courses that fulfill university core requirements, are compatible with one's needs and interests, and are consistent with the requirements of a major course of study. In an effort to reduce the anxiety involved in making these decisions, the office's professional staff encourages regularly scheduled meetings with students to discuss course selection, identify personal strengths and areas that need improvement, set goals, and examine the progress being made toward fulfilling graduation requirements.

As part of our efforts to help you succeed, we offer academic performance monitoring working with faculty members to ensure your academic success. To find out more about this service and others, contact your College Counselor today.

Learning Outcomes 

As a result of participating in the first BAIC College Counseling visit, students will be able to

  • Establish a relationship with one of the BAIC Counselors
  • Identify and understand the resources available through BAIC
  • Identify and understand the relevant university resources.
  • Identify and understand the university’s academic requirements
  • Reflect on how their academic and personal choices will impact their professional options


If you are a NEW student to the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center please see the table below for your assigned College Counselor.

If you are a RETURNING student to the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center you can make an appointment with the College Counselor you met before.     

Making an appointment

To schedule an appointment, please click on your counselor's name in the table below. If you need assistance or to schedule an appointment with Joana Maynard, please call (617) 552-3358 or stop by the office, Maloney Hall Suite 455.

Student Last Name College Counselor
Last name starts with A - G Ms. Joana Maynard
Last name starts with H - M  
Last name starts with N - P Mr. Andy Petigny
Last name starts with Q - Z  

Schedule an appointment with the Director, Fr. Michael Davidson, S.J.


Laptop Loan Program

The BAIC Laptop Loan Program is specifically for currently enrolled Boston College undergraduate students who need a laptop for a class or academic work, and are unable to use their personal laptop because it does not meet specific requirements or because they do not have a personal laptop. Laptops are available to students for up to one week. 

Register here

Please make your request at least one day in advance. Requests cannot be made the same day.

You will receive a confirmation email if there are available loaners and with your pick up time. If there are no loaners available, you will be put on the waitlist. Please do NOT come to the office if you do not receive a confirmation email.

If you have any questions please reach out to Richard Mapeza- mapeza@bc.edu or Danielle Date - date@bc.edu.

Nursing Outreach Program

Accentuate Your Nursing Experience Through Community

The Nursing Outreach Program was started by Ms. Joana Maynard, senior associate director of the Office of BAIC, in 2010 to support nursing students academically and socially by fostering mentorship.

This program creates a space for AHANA/Multicultural/OTE (AMO) CSON students to gather for peer support and interactions with BC-AMO nursing professionals at least twice per semester.

Options Through Education (OTE) Transitional Program


The mission of the Options Through Education Scholars Transitional Program is to prepare a select group of diverse scholars who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in spite of challenging educational, personal, and/or financial circumstances. This program nurtures student’s academic, social, cultural, and spiritual development during their four years at Boston College and beyond.

Our goal is to prepare scholars who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, and committed to justice.

The OTE program was established in 1979 and has a proven record of success in the retention and graduation of students at Boston College.

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OTE Learning Outcomes

  1. Facilitate student academic success and personal development by providing a community of support and resources to help students succeed.
  2. Expose resources at Boston College, including leadership and co-curricular opportunities, academic areas of study and work study opportunities.
  3. Implement weekend trips to enhance the spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth of students.
  4. Review available academic supports and improve study skills.
  5. Facilitate cultural competency workshops for students to articulate identity.


Sponsored by the Thea Bowman AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans) and Intercultural Center, the Options Through Education (OTE) Scholars Transitional Program has several goals we want to accomplish:

  • To provide a community of support and resources to help students succeed at Boston College.
  • To help students get acclimated socially to Boston College and build long lasting relationships.
  • To help build academic abilities especially in the areas of Math, English, Critical Thinking, and Study Skills.
  • To engage students in questions of cultural, racial, and ethnic identity development.
  • To engage students in questions of spiritual development.
  • Emphasizing personal growth and development, the OTE program provides an introduction to the academic and social aspects of college life. An intensive and enriching experience, the OTE program balances a challenging academic curriculum (English, Math, and Communication Skills) with tutoring services and a variety of social activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Study Abroad Summer Tuition Remission

This program aids in the retention of students by providing the opportunity to study abroad. 

Contact bowmancenter@bc.edu with any questions.

Sr. Thea Hospitality Closet

Sr. Thea Hospitality Closet 

The BAIC is motivated to assess and support the needs of the whole student.

The hospitality closet is designed to discreetly provide various hygienic products for immediate relief.
Please use this form to request an item. Please choose one item from the drop down. Requests are not guaranteed.

Sister Thea's Closet is only open on the following days for pick up:

Tuesdays: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 1–2 p.m.

Please make your request two days in advance. Requests cannot be made the same day.

You will receive a confirmation email to pick up your requested item. Please do NOT come to the office if you do not receive a confirmation email.

If you have any questions please reach out to Richard Mapeza-
mapeza@bc.edu or Danielle Date - date@bc.edu.  

Request an item here


Summer Tuition Remission On-Campus

The purpose of the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center (BAIC) On -Campus Summer Tuition Remission Program is to aid in the retention of students by providing resources to afford those experiencing academic difficulty the opportunity to improve their status at Boston College. Any student with such difficulties and (who wish) to take summer courses should first seek assistance from their college counselor at the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. If after utilizing available support services, the student finds that they still need to take summer courses, they should apply to the BAIC Summer Tuition Remission Program. Students interested in taking courses for academic enrichment may also apply, but need to explain their reason for taking the requested course during the summer.

Summer Tuition Remission is one of our most popular services. Our office receives over 150 applications and we are not always able to help those who are truly in need due to limited funding. Please take this information into consideration when you apply, and if and when you receive your award. Summer Tuition Remission funds are NOT guaranteed. Please follow all instructions in this application material.  

Learning Outcomes

As a result of  participating in the Summer Tuition Remission Program students will be able to:

  • Reduce the number of deficiencies
  • Advance in their academic requirements
  • Take a course abroad


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