44th Annual Black Family Weekend Boston College Honors Humanitarian Dan Bunch for 40-Years of Service
Dan Bunch has been an administrator at Boston College (BC) since he graduated 40-years ago as a student recruited by a special admissions program for promising community leaders called Black Talent. His life experience at the university overlaps its historic commitment to the recruitment, education and support services for people of color in at the higher education institution founded in 1863.
Dan Bunch received the inaugural Humanitarian award from the Boston College Black Student Forum at the Still I Rise Gala during Black Family Weekend. Mr. Bunch having been a an undergraduate and graduate student at Boston College along with a handful of other administrators over the same period has provided a valuable “lens” for the university to use to serve promising students interested in “world-class” educational pursuits at the Jesuit college. He has literally supported generations from orientation to graduation exercises.
Dan Bunch is a down-to-earth and caring individual with a commitment to people, scholarship and student empowerment. This support for generations of student has been an asset for them to provide leadership in professional careers, community organization and social change to ready America for 21st century reforms, globalization and initiative development..
In an article Power of the People by William Boyle in the Boston College Magazine Dan Bunch said, “I took[time] off after graduating from high school. My sister, May, was at BC, in the Black Talent program, and she had been trying to recruit me for a couple of years. Black Talent opened doors for us. It was true to Boston College’s mission. The original mission was to provide an avenue for poor Irish kids from Boston who were not accepted in large numbers, or not accepted at all, at the Harvards and the Yales, the more prestigious schools. With Black Talent, you had a poor, first generation of college students who wanted to go to college but didn’t know how to get there; nor did their parents know how to get them there. It provided an avenue for us to come in, get educated, and go off to do the things we wanted to do. Even for the ones who didn’t graduate, they had a chance to come to college. They had that chance.”
More about Dan Bunch
Boston College Magazine article