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2021 Fall Meeting This Friday!

We are getting excited for this Friday and wanted to share more details about our Fall Meeting on the theme of “The Study Abroad Comeback: Re-discovering Our Purpose.” 

The Fall Meeting sessions will be held virtually and then, in the evening we will come together with anyone who is interested for a final Happy Hour before the end of the year!  

Date: Friday, December 10
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Location: Zoom (register here)

Main Session:

Deadline Extended: Become a BASAA Co-Chair

We have extended the BASAA Co-Chair application deadline to Friday, October 1!

For more information, please review our Become a BASAA Co-Chair page here.

BASAA Virtual Spring Conference Registration is OPEN!

We are very excited to announce that registration for our 2021 Virtual Spring Conference is now OPEN! Thank you so much to everyone who submitted a session proposal, to our presenters, and to our panelists for your interest in our conference. We have some excellent sessions lined up that we can’t wait to share with you. Our Spring Conference theme is, “Where Do We Go From Here? Moving Study Abroad Forward Sustainably, and we will explore themes around creating systemic change and incorporating sustainability in education abroad. The conference will be held on Friday,April 23, and we will host multiple sessions throughout the day. You will register for the individual sessions that you would like to attend. All of the sessions will be recorded and posted to the “Resources” page of our website after the conference.

Our keynote panel, “Navigating Study Abroad in a COVID-19 World: Perspectives from Around the Globe,” will be held from 9:00 – 10:30am EST. Join us to hear from our colleagues around the world and learn what their experience has been like navigating the challenges, and opportunities, that COVID-19 has presented at their program sites. We will then host multiple sessions to choose from in our morning session (11:00am – 12:30pm EST) and afternoon session (2:00pm – 3:30pm EST), and a happy hour from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Check out our website for the full list of sessions and to register!

BASAA 2021 Virtual Spring Conference Call for Proposals!

Our unprecedented 2020 created a unique opportunity to reflect and provide a cultural reset on what education abroad can and should be. We encourage you to share your knowledge and creativity with the BASAA community and submit a session proposal! Our Spring 2021 Conference theme is, “Where Do We Go From Here? Moving Study Abroad Forward Sustainably,” and we will explore themes around creating systemic change and incorporating sustainability in education abroad. Sessions should be focused within one of five sub-themes:

  • Equity and Diversity
  • Evolving Best Practices with Technology 
  • Preparedness and Risk Management
  • Sustainability & Ethics in Study Abroad
  • Virtual programming Sustainability

Please submit your session proposal here by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 1.

We look forward to hearing from you! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the BASAA Fall Meeting! We’ll be holding our Fall Meeting a little differently this year. We’re planning to hold two sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – and a happy hour in the evening (these will be virtual sessions, of course)! For more details and to register, please visit our Fall Meeting event page!

Our Final Summer Series Session is Tomorrow!

Don’t forget to register! As you may have seen in our newsletter, in partnership with NAFSA XI, we are hosting an International Higher Education Research Panel! For more information about the Summer Series and to register, please visit our event page.

BASAA 2020 Summer Series: July Sessions announced!

For more information about the Summer Series and to RSVP for our July Sessions, please visit our Summer Series Event Page.

BASAA Summer Series Announcement!

We are excited to announce that we are hosting a BASAA Summer Series! Since we were not able to host our Annual Spring Conference, we wanted to provide a new platform for professional development and find another way to engage with our community. As we go into this unique summer, we decided to create an opportunity for our members to connect and learn from one another.

For more information about the Summer Series and to learn about our June sessions, please visit our Summer Series event page

Join us for a virtual Community Discussion!

We are excited to host our very first virtual Community Discussion! Now more than ever we need to support each other, and we hope you’ll join us to seek advice, share strategies, vent if you need to, and engage with your colleagues (even if it is through a computer screen…)!

Thursday, April 16th, 2020 
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Zoom info to follow

To help us plan and prepare to host this virtually, please RSVP here by April 14 if you would like to attend. 

2020 BASAA Spring Conference Postponed

We hope you are all staying healthy during this crucial time. It has certainly been a unique time for all of us, and we hope that whatever transitions you might be currently undergoing are going smoothly. We wanted to write to you all with an important update regarding the BASAA Spring Conference

We deeply regret that due to the ever-evolving challenges being presented by COVID-19, we are unable to host the 2020 BASAA Spring Conference at Simmons University on May 8th. We have had to unfortunately make the difficult decision to postpone the conference to a future date. 

This was not an easy decision for us to make; however, at the same time, given the current state and nature of the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts, we felt that many things have already been decided for us and for the safety of our community. As many of you are aware, many universities have decided to go remotely for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, and as a result, this has led to the cancellation of all meetings and events scheduled on campus (including at Simmons University) until mid-May. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance. Given the uncertainty on how the current situation will continue to develop, we felt that at this time and since we were just in the beginning stages of planning the conference, that it would be best to postpone once there is more clarity and direction on how to move forward. 

We feel (and hope you all do as well) that the BASAA Spring Conference is a cherished event and professional development opportunity for our community of international educators here in the Greater Boston Area, and we sincerely hope that we will be able to host this event in the summer or fall of this year. As BASAA Co-Chairs, we will be monitoring the situation over the coming weeks and continue to seek out guidance on how we can continue to best serve our community. This, of course, is very disappointing for us as we’ve just begun our terms as BASAA Co-Chairs, and we know this will come as a disappointment to you as well.  

This has been an incredibly challenging time for all of us, both professionally and personally, as we continue to try to navigate the impact of COVID-19. We can only imagine based on our own experiences how difficult this has been at your institutions and organizations. We hope that we can continue to find ways to support one another in the community during this time as the situation is ever-evolving, and we would encourage you to share any ideas that you might have as to how the BASAA Community can support you all as well. 

Our thoughts are with those who are personally impacted by this health crisis, here and around the world, as well as the institutions and organizations that are facing unprecedented challenges as things continuing to evolve with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to connect with you all in the near future. Stay healthy and safe.

Lea Girasole, Alyssa MacNeill & Grace Twardy
Boston Area Study Abroad Association