The BAF Fellows Workshops are designed for and in collaboration with the BAF Fellows. They are the basis of the BAF’s work to facilitate a successful peer network and professional training experience. Held three times a year, they promote professional development and completion of graduate programs, through special focus on specific benchmarks that have proven to be potential stumbling blocks for students pursuing advanced degrees. This includes presentations by academics and practitioners that provide guidance on such topics as:
These workshops are essential bonding and educational opportunities in which students can broaden their perspectives, learn of new and emerging research, assess their own progress and intellectual growth within the field, and identify potential employers or post‐doctoral mentors. At these workshops, the Fellows have opportunities to present their research and practice key skills. As with the webinars, there are several workshop sessions that are student-led, providing an opportunity for them to fine-tune and demonstrate their organizing, planning and research skills as well as exhibiting their skills to leaders in the fields of hazards and disaster research, policy, and practice, their mentors and potential employers.
The Student Council Programming Committee hosts three internet-based seminars (webinars) per year. The webinar series serves as a key feature of the Fellows program, and each event addresses a topic of interest to or proposed by the Fellows community. The series features hazards and disaster researchers, practitioners, and other professionals as speakers. All webinars are open to the public.
Mentoring is an essential component of the BAF’s approach to student empowerment.
The BAF Mentor Program carries on Bill’s strategy by connecting Fellows with esteemed scholars and professionals in the hazards community. This program takes a personalized approach designed to help each student maximize their potential and expand their professional network.
The Collaborative Communities Initiative Committee (CCI) is responsible for educating and training Fellows in the best practices of community engagement and development. Coordinated by representatives of the BAF Student Council Executive Board, this initiative provides Fellows with the training and skills needed to further the BAF’s community engagement missions.