In Fall 2013, the faculty-in-residence (FiR) Professor Mindelyn Buford II and Professor Rifat Sipahi have been actively involved in many activities that took place in International Village (INV), on campus, and around the city. In all these activities, the main goals are to strengthen and/or establish bridges with students, to help connect students to their peers and the broader Boston community, to advise students on their academic development, and also to present NEU faculty beyond the classroom experience.
In many cases, such connections were achieved through cultural interactions, food, languages, travel, and exploration of Boston. As an example, students were hosted by Professor Sipahi and his family in their apartment in INV, to cook crepes together while getting to know each other. Building upon connections involving food, Professor Buford invited students to her apartment to enjoy a Reading Day international dessert exchange with treats from all corners of the world to fuel finals studying.
Other activities with Professor Sipahi included a ping pong tournament in INV with a philanthropic scope, two Science on the Screen events at the Coolidge Corner Theater where a professor gives a lecture pertaining to the theme of the movie prior to the movie screening, a walking tour to discover the campus surroundings, and a visit to the MIT museum. Moreover, Professor Buford helped students get to know one another with Family Feud and Newly Roommate Game competitions, sampled Ethiopian cuisine at Lucy’s Café, visited the SOWA Farmer’s Market, attended a screening of the Girl Rising Documentary at The Women’s Forum at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston, and raised awareness of socially conscious businesses with a trip to Haley House’s Community Tables. Through the Honors Program, the faculty-in-residence involvement included the Honors Induction Ceremony and Ice Cream Social, joined an Honors harbor boat cruise, a Pizza and Prof event, enjoyed a dinner-Nutcracker-ballet event, and a dinner-theater outing for Bryan Cranston’s star performance in All The Way.
Both FiRs would like to acknowledge all the great work of Resident
Assistants of INV, and funding provided by Honors Program and