Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill Leadership Program

Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill (ABS, formerly ALANA-A Brothers and Sisters) are current Stonehill students who serve as mentors to students who have an interest in diversity and activism.

 Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available on November 28, 2017! 

Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill

Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill (formerly ALANA-A Brothers & Sisters) act as leaders, role models, and advocates for diversity and inclusion at Stonehill College. They serve as mentors to incoming students, and as allies and advocates for students of all underrepresented communities.

Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill have been specifically trained in:

  • serving as resources that are most helpful to students of color/international students/diversity allies
  • addressing issues that most often affect underrepresented communities
  • serving as resources to the greater Stonehill community in addressing issues of diversity and social justice

Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill are an integral part of the Intercultural Experience Program and they are some of the first to welcome first-year students to Stonehill.

Advocates for a Brighter Stonehill help new students become oriented to Stonehill by encouraging students to get involved in student organizations and to make meaningful connections with people in the college community.


Please note all activities are required unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017: 2017-2018 Applications Live on Handshake. See below for application information.

Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12pm: Application Deadline

Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Deadline to Sign Up for Interview

Friday, January 26 - Friday, February 2, 2018: Applicant Interviews

Friday, February 9, 2018: Application Status Notifications

Friday, February 16, 2018: Contracts from Accepted Applicants Due

Sunday, February 25, 2018: ABS Welcome & Team Gathering (1:30pm-5pm)

Saturday, March 17, 2018: ABS Spring Training (10am-4pm)

Saturday, March 24, 2018: Lead4Justice Conference (9am-4pm) *Strongly encouraged

Friday, April 6, 2018: DiverCity Festival *strongly encouraged More info here

Thursday, April 12, 2018: Take Back the Night March (7pm-8pm) *strongly encouraged

Sunday, August 19 - Wednesday, August 22, 2018ABS Summer Training Note: Move-in on Sunday, August 19 (morning)

Thursday, August 23, 2018 (Tentative):  Student Leadership Joint Training

Friday, August 24 - Saturday, August 25, 2018: Intercultural Experience Program More info here 

Additional fall commitments will be shared during Spring Training.


All applicants need to apply through Handshake through the following page: You will need to use your Stonehill College login to apply for this position.

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit the following in order to have a complete application:

  • Resume
  • Achievement Record
  • Short-Answer Responses
  • In-Person Interview

RESUME: All applicants must submit a resume that contains the following information:

  • Full name
  • Major
  • Cumulative G.P.A.
  • Previous Work Experience
  • Previous Involvement/Volunteer Experience
    • For first-year students, you may include items from high school
  • NOTE: All applicants will need to have their resume reviewed at the Career Development Center before applying. This is required in order to apply for any position posted on Handshake.

ACHIEVEMENT RECORD: All applicants will also be required to submit a copy of their Stonehill College achievement record, which outlines what you have done on campus and within the community. Students can access their achievement record through myHill or by requesting a formal copy at the Registrar's Office. When you upload a copy of your Achievement Record, you must upload it as a "transcript" with your application.

SHORT-ANSWER RESPONSES: In place of a cover letter, each applicant will be asked to write short answer responses to the following questions below:

Questions for New Applicants ONLY:

  • Why do you want to be part of the ABS program? What do you hope to gain from the ABS program?
  • How will you use the knowledge gained from being an ABS Leader both at Stonehill and in your community?
  • What does "social justice" personally mean to you?
  • How does your identity and experiences contribute to the ABS Leadership group?
  • Anything else you would like to add for your consideration?

Questions for Returning Applicants ONLY:

  • In what ways has the ABS program helped you to grow, mature, develop, and feel empowered in equity and inclusion.
  • Please share with us the relationship(s) you created with your little sibling(s) or other incoming students.
  • What have you experienced to be the strengths and challenges of the ABS Leadership Program?
  • If selected to be an ABS leader again, what will be your personal commitments to remain engaged in the program.
  • Anything else you would like to add for your consideration?

ABS Coordinator Position (for Returning Applicants ONLY)

ABS Coordinators will assume additional responsibilities beyond those of an ABS Leader. ABS Coordinators will play an integral role in planning Spring and Sumer training, the Intercultural Experience Program, and other community trainings and events. Coordinators are expected to be in touch with other coordinators and Intercultural Affairs staff throughout the summer and the semester. Coordinators can expect to spend about .5 hours a week planning and prepping for ABS related activities.

Returning applicants who are interested in serving as coordinator, must write an additional short-answer response to the following: Please indicate why you want to be an ABS Coordinator for the upcoming year, and what characteristics and qualifications make you a good choice.

INTERVIEW: All applicants must complete an interview in order to be considered. Interviews will be scheduled on Handshake after you have successfully submitted your application. Interviews will take place between Friday, January 26, 2018 and Friday, February 2, 2018. You will receive further instructions via email immediately after the application deadline for how to schedule an interview.

If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Hale, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs, at (508) 565-1409 or email