Focus Groups Explore BC’s Diversity

During the last academic year, the Office of AHANA Student Programs (OASP) and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs conducted a climate survey about diversity on campus. This past spring, smaller focus groups were convened in order to gather more information about questions that sprang up as a result of the original survey and could not be answered with any preexisting institutional data.

“There were some questions where we just wanted to understand better why students were saying what they were saying,” said Ines Maturana Sendoya, director of OASP. “Black students and African-American students indicated [on the original survey] that they were the most dissatisfied with their experience at Boston College, so we wanted to get a better understanding as to why that was happening.

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Student Group Fights Islamophobia

Between the comedy show fliers and a cappella banners, “Don’t Meet Hurt with Hate, Love Islam” might be missed by those passing through the Quad. The phrase, painted on a blue banner and hung earlier this week, is surrounded by signatures and kind words of Boston College students, faculty, and administrators in support of the cause.

“Don’t Meet Hurt with Hate” is an anti-hate initiative group created in response to the prejudice against Muslims, immigrants, and people of color after the Boston Marathon bombings. The initiative was created by members of the BC community, including Sriya Bhattacharyya, GLSOE ’14.

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