"The term AHANA [ALANA] is not degrading, inaccurate, or stereotypical. It is creative, unique, and symbolic of pride. AHANA [ALANA] was not developed to segregate its members from the remainder of the Campus community. It was developed to unite its members for the good of all and to inspire cultural awareness and destroy the void among students of different racial backgrounds. We do not want to feel 'minor'."
The above words and feelings were presented to the Boston College Board of Trustees [in 1978] by several undergraduate students arguing that "minority" was an offensive and unacceptable term when applied to people of color. Dr. Donald Brown, director of the Office of AHANA Student Programs at Boston College, developed the acronym.
To date, over 40 American colleges and universities have adopted the AHANA or ALANA acronym. AHANA, was later changed to ALANA when the term Latino/a American began to be used over Hispanic American. The ALANA or AHANA acronym is used on college and university campuses across the nation.
Taken from Multicultural Programs', Student Success Guide, Fifth Edition. Research gathered from Black Issues in Higher Education, Article by Dr. Donald Brown, April 1989.