Summer Happy Hour Series

Summer Happy Hour Series at: The Passenger

Monday, August 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm

1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC

The Boren Forum is pairing with Fulbright Alumni to host a joint happy hour from 6-8 pm on Monday 11 August at The Passenger Bar and Lounge to socialize, network, and meet other interested in international affairs and life in DC. The Passenger is a hip neighborhood bar located in the heart of DC at 1021 7th St. NW, a few blocks from the Chinatown and Mt Vernon Metro stations. We welcome your friends, coworkers, and significant others to join us too! We hope to see you there!

July Upcoming Events

DC Central Kitchen Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, July 13 at 8:45am – 12:00pm
425 2nd Street NW, Washington DC

Boren alumni and friends are getting together next Sunday, July 13 at DC Central Kitchen – America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise. DC Central Kitchen relies on volunteers like us to help make 10,000 meals per day. Kitchen tasks are easy and fun, we’ll be washing, chopping, baking, and packing meals that are unique, delicious and nutritious. Friends and significant others welcome! Located at 425 2nd St NW (Union Station or Judiciary Square metro, red line). Sign up now (slots are limited to 20).


Summer Happy Hour Series: July Trivia Night
Tuesday, July 15 at 6:00-8:00 PM
919 5th St NW, Washington, DC

We are continuing our Summer Happy Hour Series at 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 16 at Silo Restaurant with a chance to socialize, network, and play trivia! Silo is a modern neighborhood bistro located in the heart of DC at 919 5th St NW, a few blocks from the Chinatown and Mt Vernon Metro stations.  We welcome your friends, coworkers, and significant others to join us too! We hope to see you there!


Sign Up for Our Entry-Level Resume Workshop
Wednesday, July 23 starting at 6:30 PM
Location TBA

Would you like to brush up on your professional etiquette, improve your resume and hear other tips for nailing jobs early on?  Join your Boren peers and NSLI-Y alumni for an Entry Level Resume Workshop at 6:30pm on 23 July in Washington, DC.  Light refreshments will be served after the event.  Venue details will be provided to those who RSVP.  Attendance will be capped at 30 people. Sign up here.


Reminder: Sign up for the 2014 Boren Forum Mentorship Program
Application Deadline:  July 6, 2014

In order to better support the professional development of our alumni, the Boren Forum is offering a mentorship program to partner young alumni with mid-career alumni. This program will connect recent Boren graduates with former awardees who are established in their careers (3-5 years i n workforce) and share common professional and personal interests.

The program runs from August to December and pairs ~20 young alumni with 20 mid-career professionals and former award recipients. Once the Boren Forum has identified suitable protégés/mentors, applicants will be notified by email and connected with their partner. The Boren Forum will provide a guideline of monthly suggested activities for protégé and mentor pairs to foster professional development. Register here to be a protégé or a mentor.

Are you a mid-career professional? I f you sign up to serve as a mentor to a young professional, you will be given preference in the selection process for the upcoming senior-level mentorship program. 
For questions, please contact lreese at borenforum dot org.


Smithsonian Folk Life Festival
The 2014 Folk Life Festival focusing on China and Kenya is underway! Check out the full calendar of events here. The festival also offers Chinese and Swahili language lessons.


Upcoming: Boren Forum Membership Survey

The Boren Forum wants your feedback to improve our programming! Watch your inbox for our 2014 Membership survey coming in August.

Start thinking about:

  • What events are most/least useful to you?
  • Has the Boren Forum helped you develop professionally? What else do you need to grow?
  • What kinds of events would you add to the programming? Take away?

NSEP Spring Convocation Events and Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

Congratulations to 2014 NSEP award recipients! The Boren Forum is hosting two events during the NSEP Convocation weekend to welcome you to Washington, D.C. before you begin your study abroad.  We invite you to learn more about our alumni network while enjoying our nation’s capital by attending the events below.

National Mall Walking Tour | Free
Sunday, June 8th, 7-9pm

Join us for a walking tour of the National Mall & Memorial Parks to kick off convocation.  Meet in the lobby of the Affinia Liaison Hotel at 6:30 pm to receive maps and directions. No RSVP required.  Dress comfortably!

Convocation Dinner | $20
Monday, June 9th, 6pm

Get to know other award recipients over dinner at a local eatery.  We will meet to walk to dinner at 6pm in the lobby of the Affinia Liaison Hotel. The cost for all attendees is $20 in advance.  Click here to RSVP. Please RSVP and submit payment by Thursday, June 5th.  Space is limited; priority will be given to convocation attendees.

Call for Volunteers! 
If you would like to volunteer as an alumni leader for any event, please email Yenal Kucucker at  As alumni, we play an important role in building and maintaining our community of critical language speakers. These events will allow DC-based alumni to help this year’s award recipients prepare for their time abroad by sharing their own experiences and tips on how to best utilize the NSEP and Boren Forum networks upon their return. 

Resume Workshop with EHLS Scholars



On May 16, 2014, the Boren Forum held its second Resume Workshop at Georgetown University. Organized by Board Members Meghan Iverson and former English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) Scholar Yenal Kucuker, the workshop addressed critical issues such as resume preparation and navigating for USAjobs site.

Often using her own experience, Meghan informed the EHLS Scholars about billet codes, brand development, job market and Federal application process. EHLS Scholars also had the opportunity to get an individual resume review session with Meghan.
Scholars enjoyed the energetic presentation and found the workshop very beneficial. It was also recommended that the Forum should hold a similar workshop in the beginning of the EHLS program.

Boren Forum’s First Resume Workshop



On March 26, 2014, the Boren Forum held its first Resume Workshop for Boren alumni registered to attend the upcoming April 2 Spring Career Event.  Facilitated by Director Meghan Iverson, the workshop addressed the importance of adjusting the resume format for diverse audiences, including career fair hiring recruiters, USAjobs and the private sector.  Meghan also provided an overview on billet codes, developing a brand, and application do’s-and-don’t’s.  The workshop concluded with individualized resume review by Board of Directors Michael Baumann, Michelle Jackson, Yenal Kucuker, Liz Kerr, Meghan Iverson, Matt Parin and Kaelyn Lowmaster, from the Office of Summer Programs Johns Hopkins University at the School of Advanced International Studies.

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