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Office of AHANA Student Programs

February 1968

Rev. Michael P. Walsh, S.J., then President of Boston College, announced the initiation of the Negro Talent Search Program. He would commit $25,000 per year or $100,000 for four years to this effort. Mrs. Rosalind Matthews, an assistant director in the Admissions Department, would volunteer her services as the overseer of the N.T.S. effort.

June 1968

By this time 34 students had been identified for the program and were asked to attend a rather swiftly put together Summer Orientation Program.

August 1968

At Mrs. Matthew's urging that the University appoint a full-time director for the program, Rev. Theodore Lockhart became the first full-time director of the program.

September 1968

Rev. Lockhart began the task of putting a system of academic supports in place. He would, however, experience a good deal of difficulty and would resign his position the following May.

June 1969

Rev. F.X. Shea, then Executive Vice President of Boston College, would replace Rev. Lockhart with Mr. A Roberts Phillips. Mr. Phillips viewed his immediate task being that of increasing the number of Black students. Consequently, he launched a campaign that resulted in 35 additional students in the fall of 1969.

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February 1970

University Board of Trustees committed the university to "10%" minority enrollment and authorized the expenditure of $125,000 per class ($500,000 per year when all four classes were in place) to expand the now renamed "Black Talent Program." By this time, Mr. Phillips had expanded to 79 the entering class in the fall of 1969. The program enrolled in 1970 about 75 students , in 1971, 62; in 1972, 73; in 1973, about 49; in 1974, 75.

January 1971

Mr. Phillips had resigned his position and the university had decided not to replace him with another full time director. Instead, Black Talent students were allowed to assume leadership of the program and were supervised by Mr. Al Folkhard, Director of A&S Honors Program and a professor in the English Department. The responsibilities of these students ranged from recruiting prospective students to awarding financial aid. This arrangement would continue between 1971-74.

January 1972

The regular Admissions Office made its own special commitment to "10%" minority enrollment. It rearranged its own priorities and recruiting efforts and set aside special aid packages. The number of minority students enrolled through regular admissions jumped from 23 in 1971 to about 89 in 1972 and 114 in 1973, followed by 74 in 1974 and 81 in 1975.

1974 -1975

Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., launched a study of Minority Education at Boston College. Two outcomes of the study were the dissolution of the student run Black Talent Program and the appointment of a full-time minority counselor.

September 1976

Mr. Monroe "Bud" Mosely becomes minority counselor/director of Minority Student Programs. Mr. Mosely would devote his attentions to putting together a support service system, consisting of tutorials, academic advisement, and counseling that responded to the needs of the students entrusted to his care.

May 1978

Monroe Mosley resigns his position. Ms. Sandra Crump, member of University Counseling Services, stepped in as interim counselor/director.

September 1978

Mr. Donald Brown succeeds Mosely as director of the Office of Minority Student Programs. He would preserve some of the hard fought gains of the past as well as plot a strategy for the future.


  • With the encouragement of a student group led by Alfred Feliciano and Valerie Lewis, Mr. Brown approved the name change of the "Office of Minority Student Programs" to the "Office of AHANA Student Programs."
  • Later that year, Mr. Brown renamed the then called "Summer Program" to the "Options Through Education/Transitional Summer Program" (OTE) to better reflect the purposes and functions of the program.
  • Mr. Brown requested that college credits be applied to courses taken through the OTE Program. F. Charles Donovan, Academic Vice President, gave the approval.
  • The Office of AHANA Student Programs moved from its original location at Gasson to 72 College Road. "72 College Road" was not only the street address, but also the name of the building.

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"Preceptors" were born to provide peer support for students enrolled in the OTE Program.


The New Window Will OpenMartin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee was established with the leadership of Mr. Brown and the suggestion by Prof. Norman Araujo of the Romance Languages Department.


The AHANA Honor Roll program was established to accentuate the positive experiences and academic accomplishments of AHANA students. Recipients were nominated by faculty and staff. The program held is first reception in the spring of the following year.


J. Donald Monan, S.J. renamed "72 College Road" to the Sister Thea Bowman AHANA Center as a tribute to Sr. Bowman's contributions to the world as an activist who embraced and encouraged diversity and cross-cultural collaboration.

July 1989

The Office of AHANA Student Programs received recognition from the Noel Levitz National Center for Student Retention.

October 1989

Despite her illness, Sr. Thea Bowman came to the Boston College to the dedication of the Sister Thea Bowman AHANA Center.

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The Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program was founded to ameliorate potential isolation and loneliness that is often experienced by AHANA students by pairing them with faculty members who are willing to develop a relationship with AHANA students and follow them through their four years at Boston College.


The New Window Will OpenOscar Romero Scholarship Committee was formed to commemorate the contributions of Archbishop Oscar Romero.


"Retaining Students of Color: The Office of AHANA Student Programs at Boston College," a report by Donald Brown on the efforts of one academic institution to improve the outcomes of students of color was featured in New Window Will OpenTrotter Review. This report was later reprinted in New Window Will OpenDiversity Web.


Dr. Brown composes a chapter, "Increasing Retention Rates Among Students of Color: The Office of AHANA Student Programs at Boston College," for publication in Student Retention Success Models in Higher Education, edited by Ford, Clinita Arnsby.

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Spring 2000

  • The New Window Will OpenBoston College Magazine published an article in their Spring 2000 issue about the OTE program, entitled "Basic Training."
  • Graduation rate of all AHANA students exceeds "80%", as cited in the April 13, 2000 issue of the Boston College Chronicle.

Winter 2000

Dr. Brown published "A Model of Success: The Office of AHANA Student Programs at Boston College" in the Winter 2000 issue of New Window Will OpenEquity and Excellence.


AHANA Honor Roll program was renamed Sister Thea Bowman AHANA Scholars Program. The program now recognizes all AHANA students with a semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Spring 2002

The Office of AHANA Student Programs was featured in a Spring 2002 New Window Will OpenConnections magazine article, "What Really Makes a Student Qualified for College?" -- Dr. Donald Brown explained how BC combines nontraditional admissions criteria such as positive self-concept with academic counseling to help African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students succeed.

Fall 2002

  • In the fall of 2002, the Office of AHANA Student Programs revisited its mission statement.
  • Upon completion of renovations, the Office of AHANA Student Programs hosted a rededication ceremony for the Sr. Thea Bowman AHANA Center in October.

February 2003

  • For the first time in the office's history, the Office of AHANA Student Programs is fully staffed with full-time professional personnel.
  • The Office of AHANA Student Programs launches its new website.

April 2003

Staff at the Office of AHANA Student Programs co-founded the first New window will openAsian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration with staff from the Center for International Partnerships and Programs and the Career Center.

September 2003

The Father Ellacuría AHANA Resource Center (ARC) re-opened its doors in a larger and more accessible location in Cushing Hall on the Newton Campus. The rededication to Father Ellacuría and the ARC took place on September 16.

October 2003

For the first time in recent history, OASP, with the assistance of representatives from University Counseling and the Career Center, facilitated three two-hour session focus groups, affording the BC Asian American student community an opportunity to voice their concerns and advice us on how to best serve this population.

Spring 2004

  • During the spring 2004 semester, OASP Director Dr. Donald Brown spearheaded an effort to engage the Boston College community in a dialogue on racism and sexism. The basis of the dialogue is a video entitled “Last Chance for Eden.” After spending several sessions viewing the video, several colleagues and OASP Director facilitated discussions. It is the intent of the Last Chance for Eden Group to continue these discussions not only to focus on racism and sexism, but also classism, ageism and other forms of oppressions. The overall aim of these discussions is to ensure that everyone at Boston College feels valued.
  • OASP welcomed back alumna Valerie Lewis, one of the two alumni who coined the term "AHANA". On her first visit she talked about her experience as a black catechist. On her second visit, she presented a historical overview of the term “AHANA.”

November 2004

OASP organized the first focus group to learn about the experience of Native American students and to ascertain how OASP can serve them better.

July 2005

After some 25 years of service, OASP Director Dr. Donald Brown announced that he will leave BC effective August 31 to take the position of Executive Director of Student Support and Equity Programs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

February 2006

Dr. Inés Maturana Sendoya is named Director of the Office of AHANA Student Programs.


June 2014

The Office of AHANA Student Programs completed their Administrative Program Review (APR) process. This process included a new office name: Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center, and new office location: Maloney Hall, Suite 455.




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