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Working to bring together area schools to share knowledge, experiences, and resources with professionals and students of all skill levels.

Stonehill College RA’s celebrating being named “Most Spirited School” at 2009 RA conference.


WHAT IS BACHA? BACHA is a group that works to serve the college housing profession in the Boston area. Currently, BACHA has over 275 individual members at 31 member institutions. It is led by a steering committee of 16 professionals who meet monthly during both academic semesters. BACHA hosts a number of events to help increase the learning opportunities for students and staff in the area. Some of those events include:

New Professionals Workshop (NPW) Typically hosted in August the NPW is for professionals with less than 3 years experience looking for development in areas such as supervision, balance, adjudicating & addressing conduct hearings, and/or campus politics. This event is currently co-hosted with the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) Circuit 1. The 2010 NPW will be hosted at Curry College on August 5th.

Resident Assistant Conference The RA conference typically draws 300-400 paraprofessionals from the area. This conference features educational sessions, the ability to meet and network with other RA’s, and awards at the end of the day. This conference is usually hosted on a Saturday at the end of October/early November. BACHA works hard to provide Boston area colleges and universities with a variety of services and opportunities that will help professionals and paraprofessionals to develop and grow. We are always open to new opportunities or ideas so contact us though our website if you have any suggestions.


All Of the Above (AOTA) AOTA is a conference typically hosted in February and is intended to give students the opportunity to explore the possibility of a career in student affairs. AOTA incorporates educational sessions, mock interviews, and networking opportunities. This event has been co-sponsored in the past with ACUI, MCPA, NASPA Region 1, NODA, and NEACUHO.

New England Student Affairs Placement Conference (NESAPC) NESAPC is one of BACHA's signature events. This is a great opportunity for local candidates and employers to job search in a smaller, more relaxed setting. NESAPC is a miniaturized version of the national placement conferences. NESAPC is currently follows the Oshkosh Placement Exchange model, featuring employers interviewing in residence hall suites. NESAPC is typically hosted at the end of May/beginning of June.

Professional Development Workshops & Socials Throughout the year BACHA offers a variety of short day programs that are either free or very low cost. These programs are intended to help continue to provide BACHA member schools with resources and networkingevents regularly throughout the year. This past year we hosted a round table event at Vinny T’s (with MCPA, ASCA, and NASPA) and the “Welcome to Boston” social with MCPA during ACPA. Past Professional Development Workshops typically include a “hot topic”, teamed with a hands on activity. Two recent workshops include a Leadership Career panel followed by resume review/advice from seasoned housing professionals and a Dean's Panel on "Surviving the Budget Cuts" teamed with a interactive budgeting exercise.


Become a member! BACHA strives for a supportive and collaborative relationship between membership institutions to help all of us maintain and improve the professional standards in the field of housing and residential life. We would love to welcome your institution or business to BACHA so you can begin reaping the benefits.

Membership Benefits     

Membership rates for RA Conference and NESAPC Conference Invitations to networking socials Contact lists to find old friends and make new ones Conference committee volunteer opportunities Access to our database of member institutions for benchmarking and research

If you have any membership questions or any information recorded for your institution is missing or inaccurate contact, the Membership Chair at membership@bacha.org

Membership Options Membership extends from July 1st through June 30th  

Institutional Membership costs only $75.00 (Departmental) Associate Membership costs only $35.00 (Individual).

Connect On The Web We have some great resources for you online at bacha.org  A shared events calendar  A file Sharing Wiki  A web based newsletter facebook.com/bachaonline twitter.com/bacha_org steering@bacha.org


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