Inspiration Nation is a series of programs designed to encourage learning for learnings sake, thinking about possibility and gaining inspiration from new experiences and concepts. The Third Annual Inspiration Nation programs are scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6. Classes are suspended on Tuesday, April 4 in order to allow for the entire community to engage throughout the day and at all the events! Contact Vice President for Student Affairs, Laura De Veau at for more information on any of the scheduled programs!

TUES | APRIL 4, 2017

Inaugural Event: Student Centered Showcase
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Wingate Event Center

Students show us their best research, writing and creative works! This event will feature a broad offering of students from disciplines across the institution. Show Up and Show Support! Event is ongoing & open to all!

Contact: Prof. Alex Walsh

Experience Learning: Be a News Consumer!
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wingate Event Center

What is News? What is Opinion? What is Bias? Participants will dig into the most important stories of the front page, the editorial section and the sports page, and by the end, you will be savvy news consumer. Event is ongoing & open to all!

Contact: Dean Sharon McKechnie

3rd Annual Community Engagement Workshop
Sponsored by CCE
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Campus Center Theatre

This year’s topic is “Civic and Political Engagement in the Classroom” and will feature Professor Christy Lyons Graham from Bridgewater State University. Professor Graham will be discussing a successful civic engagement program at Bridgewater that includes “Teach Ins” as a means to discuss social and political topics across disciplines over one specified week on campus. The faculty at Bridgewater have engaged students in a variety of disciplines on such topics as Black Lives Matter, the Presidential Election and an upcoming session on Immigration in America. This event is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement. RSVP Required Contact Prof. Heather Gilmour with questions.

Kim Barker is a reporter on the Metro desk at The New York Times who specializes in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Before joining The Times in mid-2014, Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica. Barker will be speaking on the topic of “Finding your political voice and the future of our democracy.”

In late 2009 and early 2010, Barker was the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan and United States policy. She was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009 and was based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a dark comedic take on her time in South Asia, was published in March 2011. The book was later adapted into the film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and released in 2016.

Before joining The Tribune in 2001, Barker worked for The Seattle Times, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., and The Times in northwest Indiana. She has won investigative-reporting awards from organizations such as Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Best of the West with work appearing in Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. This event begins promptly at 1:00 & open to all!

Inaugural Event: Your Best 10!
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Alumnae Hall

It’s the Mount Ida College version of TED Talks! Students, Faculty and Staff, armed only with a microphone and a passion will be on stage giving us their Best 10 minutes on topics that they care deeply about. Art, Politics, Sports, People … topics as varied as our community! Because when you see people at their best, they will inspire you to give your best! This event begins promptly at 2:30 with an intermission at 3:15 & open to all!

Visiting Chef Series
4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dining Commons

Bold exceptional food, where prime flavor meets the perfect taste! Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House arrives at Mount Ida College for one night only! Our own executive Chef Jeremy Tavares is working hand in hand with the Executive Chef of Del Frisco’s Chestnut Hill to create a truly special dinner inspired by Del Frisco’s menu. Vegetarian options will be served as well! Open to all, meal plans, declining balance points and cash accepted! This event will offer raffle prizes and gift card giveaways to Del Frisco’s!

WED | APRIL 5, 2017

With the new presidential administration the landscape of higher education has and will continue to change. Federal aid programs, Title IX, accreditation and other matters are all on the table. Dr. Kevin Kruger is the President of NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) and has amassed nearly 40 years of experience in Higher Education leadership at institutions and at NASPA. Dr. Kruger has testified on matters related to higher education policy in front of Congress and the Department of Education. He has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and other publications and national media. This event is open to faculty and staff, and students with specific interest in a career in Education.

THUR | APRIL 6, 2017

“If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?” Dear World, an interactive, award-winning portrait project is coming to Mount Ida College to photograph our community. Take a few minutes out of your day and become a part of the Mount Ida College collective story. Storytellers from Dear World and campus volunteers will be on hand to help guide you through the process – it’s easy, and your life will forever be changed! Open to all members of the Mount Ida College community.

The Dear World team has taken over 50,000 portraits from around the world, and these portraits have brought the world closer together. Join us for the Mount Ida College Story Telling and Photo Reveal, where we will unveil the hundreds of photos from our community and hear some of our most poignant stories. This event serves as the finale of Inspiration Nation programming – Don’t Miss It! This event will begin promptly at 8:00 & is open to all!

Admitted students and parents are cordially invited to explore Mount Ida College at Admitted Student Day. Whether you have already decided that Mount Ida is the perfect fit for you, or you are still evaluating your options, this is one admitted student event you won’t want to miss! We will be hosting two events in April, and recommend the day of attendance based on your major. You will learn about our academic programs, mingle with prospective students, tour the campus and residence halls, and learn more about what Mount Ida has to offer.
Please click the link below to learn more about the event and RSVP.

RSVP for Admitted Student Day

If you have questions, please call the Office of Admissions at 617-928-4711 or at If you require ADA accommodations, please contact to make arrangements.

Mount Ida College is now one of 83 campuses in 23 states designated as a “Voter-Friendly Campus.” The initiative, led by national nonpartisan organizations Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encourage their students to register and vote in the 2016 general election and in the coming years.

The mission of the Voter Friendly Campus designation is to bolster efforts that help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process.  Mount Ida was evaluated based on a campus plan about how they would engage student voters in the fall of 2016, how it facilitated voter engagement efforts and a final analysis of the efforts.

Mount Ida College recently created the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and under its auspices launched a months-long effort to promote civic engagement, the right of each citizen to vote  and what it means to accept that responsibility.

“The faculty and staff of CCE worked alongside the Mustang Involvement Center, Library, and Associated Student Government to implement this plan throughout the fall semester and beyond.  Initiatives included workshops, lunch and learns, and a mock-voting day,” says Gregg Grenier, Director of Community Engagement.    “We sponsored 26 programs that reached 832 participants (students, staff, and faculty) and worked diligently to help our students become informed, registered and also assured transportation to and from the polls on Election Day.  We offered opportunities to view the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates in our campus theater and convened on election night to watch as the results came in.”

“Recognition of our community as a ‘Voter Friendly Campus’ is important on so many levels: as confirmation of the growth of our civic engagement program and the involvement of our students at this crucial moment in the history of the republic,” says Barry Brown, President of Mount Ida.

The institutions designated Voter Friendly Campuses represent a wide range of two-year, four-year, public, private, rural, and urban campuses, with a total enrollment of nearly 1.4 million students.

The designation is valid through December 2018.