Professional Staff

Katherine Kennedy
Ms. Kennedy is an accomplished woman who has worked with the National Football League and the Boston Globe. She received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for reporting on the Boston busing crisis of 1974. Ms. Kennedy has been the Director of the Howard Thurman Center since 2000. Before being director, she was at the University of California at Berkeley, where she established a minority journalism program. After leaving UC-Berkeley and working with the NFL, Ms. Kennedy returned to Boston University in 1991 at the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

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Associate Director
Pedro (COM ’11, SED ’15) joined the Howard Thurman Center staff in January of 2013 after spending two years in Los Angeles working for a television studio. A former Orientation Student Advisor and FYSOP Coordinator for the CSC, Pedro brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about BU and wishes to continue building community among all students. Originally from Brazil, Pedro is fluent in Portuguese and, naturally, a soccer fanatic.

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Assistant Director for Arts, Service and Programs
Shari Tumandao (CAS ‘15) recently received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Public Health from Boston University. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she thrives on city life and has a strong appreciation for understanding others. Her love for people and passion for personal development brought her back to the HTC, where her college social life began to grow. She remembers the center  being her comfort and safe space during her years at BU and aims to create that atmosphere for every student who visits the HTC.

headshot julian Julian Cook
Assistant Director for Thurman Center Networks

Julian Armand Cook (STH ’16) serves as Assistant Director of Thurman Networks for Boston University’s Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (HTC).  A recent graduate of BU’s School of Theology, for two years Cook studied the life and work of Howard Thurman as Research Assistant and Teaching Fellow to the Director of the Howard Thurman Papers Project and BU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Chair for Ethical Leadership Dr. Walter Earl Fluker.  Cook is an ordained clergyperson, and serves as the Senior Pastor of Roxbury’s historic St. Mark Congregational Church, United Church of Christ – the oldest Black Congregational Church in Boston.

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Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications

Marivic Alvior-Cruz serves as Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for the Howard Thurman Center of Common Ground. Originally from San Francisco, Mrs. Cruz gained marketing experience in the financial industry working for Wells Fargo before moving to Boston to fulfill other aspects of her life.  Mrs. Cruz has a great appreciation of all cultures and enjoys creating new relationships while nurturing old ones.

Student Ambassadors

The Howard Thurman Center Student Ambassadors are a volunteer outfit whose members assist in the development, planning, and implementation of projects designed to build common ground amongst our diverse student body. Their projects include our Book Club, Tea Club, the Culture Shock Blog, the Culture Council, and Courageous Dialogues. Our Student Ambassadors are a fun and innovative group who reflect a varied array of majors, religions, cultures, and ethnicities.

Office Assistants

The office assistants not only greet each visitor as they enter the Howard Thurman Center, they are also approachable students who are knowledgeable about all the events that happen in the center. They are fun-loving and passionate about working in such a unique place on campus. This nontraditional work environment allows a space for students to study, lounge, and converse about current issues.