We host more than 600 meetings and events each year, ranging from lectures and discussions to dinners, receptions and movie nights. We have spaces that can be reserved by student groups and campus departments for events related to the HTC’s mission.

All events held in the Howard Thurman Center must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be relevant to the mission of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
  2. Be open to all members of the Boston University community
  3. Be free of charge to guests
  4. All microphone/projector/facilities requests must be submitted separately to Media Support Services
  5. Must use Catering on the Charles OR a licensed food vendor
  6. The sponsoring organization or department must pay for all custodial services, including cleaning and furniture arrangement, if applicable
  7. All requests are tentative until a final confirmation is sent from the Howard Thurman Center.

Please note that the space in the center does not serve primarily as an event space. As such, any request to use the space for extended periods of time during normal operating hours and/or are closed to the public will be immediately denied without exception.


The Great Room is divided into two sections: a front foyer holding three computer kiosks and a number of tables and chairs. The second section is a much larger space containing comfortable furniture, along with standard tables and chairs. The Great Room can be reserved by student organizations and departments.

75 (seated auditorium-style)
125 (standing)


The Howard Thurman Center Makechnie Room is a well-lit glass-encased area with an accommodating work space. The Makechnie Room provides a place for meetings and activities complete with a large meeting table and chairs for 12–15 people. It also includes a dry erase board and markers. This space can be reserved by student organizations and departments.


Large meeting table and chairs
Dry erase board


The Howard Thurman Center has dedicated a space in memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a cozy, serene library-style room, surrounded by cherry wood cabinets and bookshelves. The walls feature pictures and posters in remembrance of Dr. King. The bookcase holds literature of and concerning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as novels and books about all cultures. A large TV with cable and VCR/DVD is also available for use. This space can be reserved by student organizations and departments.

6–8 at table
12–15 meeting space

Room Reservation Form

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    HTC Hours: M-Th 9a-9p F 9a-7p

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    Please note: all Boston University departments and offices must use Catering on the Charles as its vendor. Exceptions are made only for cultural student groups that require outside vendors.