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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