Established in 1999, the Affiliates Program enables Black, Latina/o, 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 mentoring program. 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).
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, financial management, academic and student affairs, human resources, information technology, and communications strategies.
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.
The deadline for applications for 2019-2020 was September 30, 2019.
All applicants must submit:
- A resume
- A one-page statement of interest (single spaced, 500-word maximum) addressing the following: How will the program contribute to your professional development? What specifically are you hoping to learn 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.
*All sessions, except the closing ceremony, will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.*
|Deadline for Applications||September 30, 2019|
|Notification to new cohort||October 2019|
|Orientation/Session 1||November 14, 2019|
|Session 2||December 5, 2019|
|Session 3||January 9, 2020|
|Session 4||Feburary 6, 2020|
|Session 5||Feburary 20, 2020|
|Session 6||March 12, 2020|
|Session 7||April 2, 2020|
|Session 8||April 16, 2020|
|Session 9||May 7, 2020|
|Closing Ceremony||May 12, 2020|