Michael Davidson, S.J. was recently announced as the newest director of Boston College’s Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center (BAIC).
Appointed by the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Joy Moore, Fr. Davidson succeeds former director Ines Maturana Sendoya, who left BC for a position at Wellesley College earlier this year.
Founded 43 years ago, the BAIC provides support for AHANA, multiracial, and Options Through Education (OTE) students as well as for entire undergraduate community. Each year, the BAIC runs 23 regular programs in addition to a number of other events that aim to “promote equality, build community, and support opportunity.”
For the past six years, Fr. Davidson served as a resident minister in Campus Ministry and has been active in the AHANA community. He served as co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee and led both the Jamaica Magis service trip and the Magis Civil Rights Immersion trip.
Fr. Davidson hails from Kingston, Jamaica and is a member of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Arrupe College in Zimbabwe, a B.A. in theology and M.A. in divinity from Regis College at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in educational administration at the Lynch School of Education. Prior to his work at BC, Fr. Davidson served as Dean of Students at St. George’s College in Jamaica.
In a university press release, Fr. Davidson expressed his excitement at assuming his new position and briefly discussed his goals.
“As director of the BAIC I want to expand the wonderful work of the center so it can be a place where students of color can find home, be supported, and connect with someone who can journey with them. I see it as a place where students can feel loved and learn our Jesuit tenets so that they can grow to be better human beings endowed with competence, conscience, and compassion.”
Vice President of Student Affairs Joy Moore also expressed her confidence in Davidson, saying, “Fr. Michael is known as a priest of and for the people and a passionate promoter of diversity and equity. We are very pleased to have him serve as the new director of the BAIC.”
Fr. Davidson began his tenure as BAIC director on August 27.