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University Affiliates Program

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2019-2020 Affiliates Cohort
2019-2020 participants in the University Affiliates Program

University Affiliates Program

Established in 1999, the program provides Black, Latina/o, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Native American professional staff with opportunities to broaden their understanding of critical issues in higher education. Selected participants will engage in a professional development program that includes seminars, lectures, and discussions.

Affiliates will receive a thorough orientation to various vice presidential areas, colleges, 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.


Application Process

The deadline for applications for 2019-2020 is September 30, 2019.

Learn more about the application process.