Professional Staff

mskennedyKatherine 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. Learn more about Ms. Kennedy.

mskennedyChristian Cho
Assistant Director
Christian began his role as the Assistant Director of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground in July 2012. Before coming to Boston University, Christian worked in residence life, developing student leadership programs and organizing original events. He also has experience teaching abnormal psychology at the college level and is committed to engaging students in critical learning experiences. Christian is also a CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) and CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer.

mskennedyPedro Falci
Administrative Assistant
Pedro COM ’11 joined the Howard Thurman Center staff in January of 2013 after spending two years in Los Angeles working for a television production company. A former Orientation Student Advisor and FYSOP Coordinator for the CSC, Pedro brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about BU. Originally from Brazil, Pedro is fluent in Portuguese and, naturally, a soccer fanatic.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars

The MLK Scholars are a group of students committed to keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., alive. They are awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships, based upon proven leadership abilities, a strong commitment to social justice, and a record of community involvement. As an undergraduate, each scholar will complete at least 100 hours of community service through the Howard Thurman Center.

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.