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AHANA is a term that refers to persons of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent.[1] The term was coined at Boston College in 1979 by two students, Alfred Feliciano and Valerie Lewis,[2] who objected to the name "Office of Minority Programs" used by Boston College at the time. They cited the definition of the word minority as "less than" and proposed, instead, to use the term AHANA which they felt celebrated social cultural differences. After receiving overwhelming approval from the university's board of trustees, and UGBC president Dan Cotter, the Office of Minority Student Programs became the Office of AHANA Student Programs. The term, or one or its derivative forms, such as ALANA (where "Latino" is substituted for "Hispanic"), has become common on a number of other American university campuses. Boston College, which has registered the term AHANA as a trademark, has granted official permission for its use to over 50 institutions and organizations in the United States. Many more use the term unofficially.

Boston College prefers the ethnic-sounding acronym "AHANA," which stands for African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American.[3]

References

  1. ^ A Companion to Media Studies - Page 289 by Angharad N. Valdivia
  2. ^ The Staying Power of 'AHANA'
  3. ^ 'Minority' Label Gets A Second Look in Boston - The Boston Globe

Ahana also is a word of Sanskrit origin having two meanings; first, the one who comes in the day and second, the one who can not be destroyed.

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