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2017 BASAA Spring Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 BASAA Spring Conference, more details can be found on the event page. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Community Engagement Task Force Update

In 2015, BASAA partnered with the Boston Public Schools and created the Community Engagement Task Force to support the district’s global education initiatives. The central mission of the Department of Global Education is to increase the quality and number of international experiences for all BPS students.  Most recently the Department welcomed a new director, Brittany Wheaton Calloway, who serves as the primary advisor for the Community Engagement Task Force.

While the Task Force supports BPS/Department of Global Education efforts such as policy review, fundraising, public relations, professional development, etc., we are currently seeking volunteers to help with the first ever BPS Youth Summit on Global Education.  Next May, BPS and the Department of Global Education hope to convene hundreds of students to engage in an interactive program that emphasizes global citizenship and innovation.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in workshops, collaborative sessions and more.  BASAA is thrilled to be involved in this exciting event!  If you are interested in learning more about the Community Engagement Task Force and/or becoming a volunteer for the BPS Youth Summit, please contact the current Task Force Chair, Kathleen Head at Kathleen.head@mcphs.edu.

2016 BASAA Fall Meeting

Register now for the 2016 BASAA Fall Meeting! The fall meeting is a great professional development and networking opportunity with no cost to attend. The meeting will be held at Boston University on Tuesday, November 15th 9am-12pm. More information can be found on the event page.

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Community Engagement Task Force: Welcomes new leadership!

As part of BASAA’s commitment to the Institute for International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, we are pleased to formally announce our partnership with the Boston Public School’s Department of Global Education.  Click here to learn more about the great work that the BPS is currently doing around global education.  Through our partnership we hope to support the Department of Global Education in the following areas of need:

  • Host Family Policy (review newly drafted policy)
  • Policy Review (thought partner in reviewing trip policies)
  • Fundraising Support (prospect research, grant writing)
  • Public Relations Support (celebrating achievements through publications and web presence)
  • Professional Development Support (create online training modules for teachers leading trips)
  • Volunteer Support for Schools/Teachers Running Programs (pre-trip prep, fundraising, etc.)

The Community Engagement Task Force is now led by Kathleen Head,  Operations Manager at MCPHS.  We are thrilled to have Kathleen on board to continue this important initiative. BASAA members and friends are welcome to join the Community Engagement Task Force by emailing basaastudyabroad@gmail.com.

About Kathleen Head

As the Operations Manager for International Programs within the Center for International Studies at MCPHS University, Kathleen Head oversees all education abroad activities as well as exchange programming and other international projects. She manages risk management efforts for new and existing international programs, developed international programs evaluations and facilitates ongoing assessment, and advises MCPHS University students wishing to participate in an international program. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Kathleen also serves as the institutional Fulbright Scholar Liaison and is a member of the Culture and Diversity Taskforce on campus. Before coming to MCPHS University, Kathleen has worked in higher education and study abroad at the New England College of Business and Finance and Education First: College Study Tours. Kathleen earned a BA in Spanish from Colgate University where she spent a semester studying at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain. In addition, Kathleen completed her Master of Science in Global Studies and International Affairs at Northeastern University where she conducted field research in Italy as a part of her thesis on European higher education and student mobility. In her spare time, Kathleen volunteers as a College Access Coach for Breakthrough Greater Boston and as a Mentor for the Alray Scholars Program.

BASAA Summer Social!

BASAA Summer Meeting and Social
Tuesday, August 11th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Boston Beer Work
61 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA

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We hope you can join us for some business and some fun.  As always, the summer social is free to attend and no registration is required.  We will provide chips and salsa and a cash bar will be available.  We look forward to seeing you in August!

  • 4:00-5:00: Returnee Conference Initial Planning Meeting
  • 5:00-5:30: Boston Public Schools/BASAA Community Engagement Task Force Announcement and Opportunities
  • 5:30-7:00: Summer Social!

Meet Barbara Harrison, BASAA Mentor Program Coordinator!

One of the most rewarding aspects of my career as an international education professional is meeting and mentoring those new to the field. Such an amazing outcome for both me, as the mentor, and also the mentees.

Barb HarrisonHi, I am Barbara Harrison, and am now retired after a long and productive career in this field covering all aspects of international education. I am a New Zealander and came to the United States some years ago with my husband, who was pursuing his PhD. Without a work permit, I began a long stint of volunteering in the international office helping and supporting other international spouses, and later international students, at the different universities where we found ourselves. During this journey, I met many future colleagues and numerous forever friends. Finally, with a green card, and later citizenship, I was fortunate to be fully employed in the education abroad field. I have been both a mentee, and as time passed, a mentor. I took a further step in this role by becoming a coach for the NAFSA Academy of International Education. My cohort originally had 20 members, so I solicited the assistance of a colleague, and that year, our region had two coaches and two 10-person cohorts! I enthusiastically agree with the “No ‘child’ left behind” statement!

It is now a great pleasure for me to set up the Mentorship Program for the Boston Area Study Abroad Association. We are unified in our work; we have the same goals; yet we are often strangers to each other. Each of us has knowledge to share, whether we are brand new to the field, or long-timers. How rewarding for us to meet up and share our knowledge. The mentor often will not have all the answers, but can certainly guide the mentee in the right direction. In turn, the mentee does not come to the partnership with a completely empty slate.  Together, discussion begins, a friendship grows, and a good partnership is formed.

Even as I begin to set up this program, and am contacting those who have expressed interest, I am assuming the spontaneous role of mentor. I answer many questions as I go about this work. It is a delight to encourage and support each one.

Please don’t hesitate to share your skills and information with someone else. It’s easy; takes a few minutes of your time; and is very rewarding for you both. I look forward to creating the initial partnership and then setting you free to create something that will enhance you both, as well as in the long run, be beneficial for our students. I can be reached at basaamentor@gmail.com. Don’t be shy!

4th Annual Bowl-a-thon raises over $10,000 to support scholarships!

On behalf of the co-chairs and the Fund for Education Abroad we want to say thank you all for your terrific support of the BASAA Scholarship. With your help, the 4th Annual BASAA Bowl-a-thon was an enormous success, raising over $10,000 to support two full semester scholarships for two deserving, area-students. This is great progress toward BASAA’s goal of five full semester scholarships–or $25,000–so stay tuned for more events and opportunities to raise awareness of the BASAA Scholarship initiative throughout the year.  You can find the updated scholarship flyer here.

Have you met the three BASAA scholars from 2015-2016?​ Brandon Morrissette of Plymouth State University is going to study for a full academic year in South Korea on an ISA program.Georgia Papaconstadinou of Bunker Hill Community College is going to study during the summer in Czech Replubic on a CIEE program. Sodany Soy  is going to study for a full academic year in South Korea on a ISEP program.

The BASAA community has given these three students the chance of a lifetime–all while bowling, networking, and celebrating increased access to study abroad. Many thanks to the bowlers, sponsors, and advocates of the BASAA scholarships. We couldn’t do it without you!

It’s not too late to make a gift of support to the BASAA Scholarship, securely on our donation page​ or by contacting FEA at (202) 349-7487.

Thank you, BASAA!