WRC’s Love Your Body Week October 24-28

For this week, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) hosts a variety of programs with the goal of educating students about what an eating disorder looks like, eating and exercise habits, and body image issues. Regardless of race, gender, or class, Love Your Body Week offers programs that offer students the tools to recognize healthy relationships with their bodies.

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National Coming Out Week Gives a Voice to the GLBTQ Community

A speaker stands in front of a rainbow ribbon.

A speaker stands in front of a rainbow ribbon.

Beginning in 1988 to commemorate the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, NCOW has become a worldwide event, and has been celebrated at BC for over 10 years. The GLC has worked hard to bring this program into the BC community.

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AHANA Acronym Now as Relevant as Ever

The acronym “AHANA,” which is used to represent people of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent, was coined in 1979 by two Boston College students, Alfred Feliciano, BC ’81, and Valerie Lewis, BC ’79. These students wanted to find an alternative to the term “minority,” and 32 years later, it is still a term in use at many universities.

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Acronym Should be Emblematic, not Definitive

Over three decades ago, Boston College pioneered efforts to improve campus integration and diversity awareness efforts with the coinage of the AHANA acronym.  Created from the racial identifiers African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American, the acronym sought to  replace the term “minority”  as an indicator of racial and ethnic identity.  The new term sought to level the playing field by viewing our peers as equals in talent and intellectual ability while preserving and incorporating into student life the rich culture and unique perspectives various ethnicities provide.

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