Established in 1999, the Affiliates Program enables Black, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Native American professional staff to enrich their professional skills and build connections with colleagues through professional development and mentorship opportunities. 

Affiliates will receive a thorough orientation to various vice presidential areas, schools, and departments throughout the University. These experiences will be complemented by a mentor component. Affiliates will be matched with a member of senior leadership or an Affiliates Alumnus to study and observe leadership in action and gain heightened awareness of strategic issues affecting Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic university.

The Affiliates Program is designed to enable members of underrepresented groups to enrich their professional skills and build connections with colleagues throughout the University. This program was designed by Boston College’s Office of Affirmative Action (now the Office for Institutional Diversity), Office of AHANA Student Programs (now the BAIC), and the Irish Institute, and is administered by the Department of Human Resources/Office for Institutional Diversity (OID).

Purpose

The Boston College University Affiliates Program endeavors to better prepare AHANA staff to achieve their professional goals at the University. It is designed to:

  • Offer employees, interested in careers in higher education, opportunities to broaden their professional experiences and deepen their knowledge about other areas of the University.
  • Provide employees with the opportunity to strengthen their sense of community, increasing their institutional network through the program’s cohort model. 
  • Support the development of employees by facilitating mentoring relationships, offering a series of educational seminars and structuring networking opportunities.

Monthly/bi-monthly seminars are offered and incorporate a range of active-learning techniques (case studies, presentations, and discussions) while addressing critical themes in higher education administration such as leadership and institutional change, strategic planning, institutional budgets, academic and student affairs, human resources, information technology, and communications strategies.

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to, a bachelor’s degree; a minimum of one year of professional (or equivalent) work experience at Boston College in an exempt position; and the support of the applicant’s University department.

Application Process

The deadline for applications for 2020-2021 is September 28, 2020.

All applicants must submit:

  • A resume
  • A one-page statement of interest (single spaced, 500-word minimum) addressing the following: Why do you want to participate in the Affiliates Program? How will the program contribute to your professional development? What specifically are you hoping to learn or gain from participating in the Affiliates Program?
  • One letter of recommendation from your direct supervisor (Director, Dean, or Vice President) acknowledging the program’s required time commitment. If your direct supervisor is not the dean, vice president, or director of your department, please ensure that they are copied on the letter.

Apply to the Affiliates Program

Schedule

*All sessions, except the closing ceremony, will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.*

** Schedule subject to change.**

Item Date  
Orientation/Session 1 November 12, 2020
Session 2 December 10, 2020
Session 3 January 14, 2021
Session 4 Feburary 11, 2021
Session 5 Feburary 25, 2021
Session 6 March 11, 2021
Session 7 March 25, 2021
Session 8 April 15, 2021
Session 9 May 6, 2021
Closing Ceremony May 12, 2021

University Affiliates 2019-2020 academic year participants 

2019-2020 University Affiliates Program

2019-2020 Affiliates Program Cohort

Celia Arias Pina

Celia Arias Pina
Program Assistant
Latinx Leadership Institute, SSW

Keerthi Kanneganti

Keerthi Kanneganti
Project Lead/Senior Applications Developer
Information Technology Services

Melissa Ayala

Melissa Ayala
Program Administrator
Connell School of Nursing

Ramanujam Rajagopal

Ramanujam Rajagopal
Sr. App. Systems Adminstrator
Information Technology Services


 
Caitlin Barros

Caitlin Barros
Asst. Director of Student Athlete Development
Athletics

Terry-Anne Roberts

Terry-Anne Roberts
Customer Service Representative
Human Resources Service Center

Rodrigo Castro

Rodrigo Castro
Head Librarian, Access Services
O’Neill Library

Karol Vasquez

Karol Vasquez
Human Resources Officer
Employment-Human Resources


 
Victoria Garcia

Victoria Garcia
Program & Outreach Manager
Office of International Programs

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams
Asst. Program Director, M.A. in Applied Ec
Woods College of Advancing Studies

Rilwan Ilumoka

Rilwan Ilumoka
Resident Director
Residential Life

Ryan Yung

Ryan Yung
Technology Consultant
Information Technology Services