The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center seeks to form students of conscience, excellence, competence, and compassion who will make a difference in the world.

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Alfred Feliciano and Valerie Lewis Award

To the student who made extraordinary contributions to further the ideals of the AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) acronym, and who provided leadership to help the Boston College community actualize the AHANA concept. Awarded by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.

Bowman Scholars

An initiative which provides an opportunity for BAIC to acknowledge AHANA and OTE students who have gained distinction for having achieved a semester grade point average of 3.4 or better. Consisting of an informal reception with a speaker, AHANA and OTE students are presented with certificates and pins and a word of encouragement for their accomplishment.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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
     

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following materials: 

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

Program Highlights

  • 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
     

Program Components

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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
     

Interested in what our CRP students have researched?

Are you a faculty member interested in becoming involved with CRP?  

If you have any questions about the Community Research Program please contact Andy Petigny at andy.petigny@bc.edu

Cultural Competency Training

Campus of Difference

The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, the Student Programs Office, and the Office of Residential Life have been trained in anti-bias education by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  BAIC has crafted cultural competency workshops based on an ADL curriculum, for Residential Life staff and students, as well as registered student organizations (RSOs).

Program Contact: Andy Petigny 

Cultural Competency 101: Fundamentals and Foundations

This workshop will introduce students to basic concepts of anti-bias education.  Understanding anti-bias concepts helps to start building the foundation for cultural competency and social justice.  Students will engage in activities that explore their own social identities, and the power and privilege that come with those identities.

But I Don’t “See” Color: A Real Discussion on Race

People receive messages about race in our society from a very early age.  This workshop will give students an opportunity to explore and discuss those messages.  They will get the chance to engage in media and discussions that explore a variety of perspectives on issues of race and racism.

It’s All about the Money: Dealing with Social Class at BC

The BC student population contains a wide variety of socioeconomic class identities.  Students are often unaware of the influence class has on their interactions with one another and the community in general.  This workshop will explore the impact of class and the way it affects other identities. 

Say What?! : A Workshop on Communicating across Cultures

Culture is a term that is often applied broadly and vaguely.  This workshop will look at how culture is formed, what it means, and how we can best communicate across cultural divides.  Students will look at how the various cultures they belong to, and how those interact with each other, and the cultures of those around them.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in the Campus of Difference Workshops students will be able to:

  •  Define culture and explain the ways it manifests in society
  •  Explain the links between cultural identity and values
  •  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
  •  Name some of their own cultural knowledge gaps and the effect of these knowledge gaps on their interactions with  others.
  •  Articulate the multiple perspectives that exist in any situation and the potential for one's perspective to influence  perceptions and behaviors
  •  Explain the impact of bias behaviors in interpersonal and inter-group relationships
  •  Develop and use a variety of responses to challenge bias incidents
  •  Assess the dynamics of specific bias incidents and select appropriate responses.
  •  Explain different levels of power and privilege that are associated with group membership

Dr. Donald Brown Award

The Dr. Donald Brown Award was established in honor of the former director of the Office of AHANA Student Programs, now the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. Every year the Award honors a senior who throughout his/her undergraduate career has made extraordinary contributions to the greater Boston College campus, particularly with the AHANA community, in the areas of leadership, service, and academic development.

Dr. Donald Brown was the director of the Office of AHANA Student programs from 1978 to 2005. Under his leadership, the name of the office was changed from "Office of Minority Student Programs" to the Office of AHANA Student Programs. He was also credited with initiating the following programs: the Options Through Education Transitional Summer Program (OTE), the Thea Bowman Scholars Program, and the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program, among others. He was instrumental in the development of many University-wide initiatives including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and the Affiliates Program.

Winners of the Dr. Brown Award reflect the character and integrity that Dr. Brown brought to the Boston College community. The focus of the Award is the recognition of student engagement on campus, particularly with the AHANA community, over all four years of a student’s undergraduate career. In addition to a strong academic performance, nominees should have demonstrated significant initiative and leadership in the larger University community.

Karen Campbell Severin Book Award

 Karen Campbell Severin CSOM '80

The first mark of servanthood is the ability to put others ahead of yourself and personal desires. It is more than being willing to put your agenda on hold. It means intentionally being aware of your people’s needs, availability to help them, and able to accept their desires as important.

The above statement personified the late Karen Campbell Severin ’80. As an undergraduate in the Carroll School of Management, and later as an alumna, Karen gave unselfishly of her time to make a difference for others. Nowhere was that clearer than in the many roles she served: Board of Directors for the Boston College Alumni Association; BC Alumni Association 5-Year Strategic Planning Committee; Chair of the AHANA Chapter of the BC Alumni Association. Outside of Boston College, Karen was a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Rochester and was active in the Greater Boston YMCA.

As Chair of the AHANA Chapter of the BC Alumni Association, Karen not only met with fellow alumni, she also met with university administrators to advocate for the well-being of AHANA undergraduates. Karen’s efforts as a member of the Alumni Association mirrored her commitment and the contributions she made as an undergraduate at Boston College: she faithfully served as a servant leader in organizations such as the Black Student Forum, the NAACP and the Voices of Imani.

Premier among Karen’s qualities was her capacity to bring joy to others. Those who knew her attest that her warm smile and ability to listen and empathize lightened up difficult situations. The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center and the entire AHANA community have lost one of its strongest champions: our friend Karen Campbell Severin. Though no longer with us, Karen’s legacy lives on through an annual book award that will be given in her name. (Dr. Donald Brown)

Each fall and spring semester, the Karen Campbell Severin Book Award of $500 will be given to two undergraduate students who best exemplify Karen's legacy of giving unselfishly to the community. Applications will be reviewed by a committee overseen by the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.

In order to apply for the Book Award, students must demonstrate financial need and submit the following:

  • Essay (2 to 3 pages, double-spaced): Applicants should highlight and articulate their experience in community service and volunteerism, e.g., their roles, responsibilities, challenges, successes, and rewards.
  • Statement of Financial Need: Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated financial need. Please explain your financial situation.
  • Resume: Please include your updated resume.
  • List of Itemized Expenditures: Applicants must itemize their anticipated book expenses, e.g., name and cost of the books, corresponding course numbers and instructor names.
     

Spring 2019

  • Kandance Nguyen
  • Chisom Amadi
  • Isabella De Palo Garcia Perez
  • Fuka Reale
     

Fall 2018

  • Thair Brown
  • Paula Sanchez
     

Spring 2018

  • Naya Joseph
  • Minh Le
     

Fall 2017

  • Hyein Nam
  • Chantal Sanchez
     

Spring 2017

  • Paula Assou
  • Franchesca Araujo
  • Laura Demezieux
  • Ciarra Duffy
  • Sasha Nieves
     

Fall 2016

  • Chantal Sanchez
  • Pierre Leconte
  • Elaine Lee
  • Christina Agudelo
     

Spring 2016

  • Luis Torres
  • Sasha Nieves
     

Fall 2015

  • John Gabelus
  • Judy Kim
     

Spring 2015

  • Loic Assobmo
  • Julia Biango 
     

Fall 2014

  • Quinn Coughlin
  • Maria Vasquez

Spring 2014

  • Yanyi Weng
  • Ricardo Alberto

Fall 2013

  • Susanne Cho
  • Karlie Wong

Spring 2013

  • Lyz Alexandre
  • Ha Rim Kim

Fall 2012

  • Annie Jihyo Park
  • Kayla Mendoca

Spring 2011

  •  Mary Sheehy 
  •  Narinthohn Luangrath 
     

Fall 2010

  •  Clifton James 
  •  Grace Lee 

BAIC hopes to foster an environment of care. Students are encouraged to use this form only if they find themselves in financial distress/ emergency situations. Please be advised that assistance is based on the discretion of the review committee.  Requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.