A consultant in higher education and international exchange, Maya Evans' experience in the field spans the globe, and is as diverse as her clients. Her main focus has been and is to facilitate connections between people and institutions, and most importantly to guide students seeking to continue their education.
At Harvard University/LASPAU where she worked close to 15 years, she managed a variety of scholarship programs aimed at training in the United States faculty members and professionals from all over the world. She personally placed hundreds of people in Masters, PhD and post-doctoral research programs throughout the United States and Canada. She headed in-country interview teams including professors from U.S. universities to help with the selection process, and reported to funders such as the Fulbright program, USAID, and private multinational companies including Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).
In contrast to the above, and adding to the richness of her career, she worked close to 10 years at Mount Ida College in Boston focusing on international outreach and the recruitment of foreign students, also facilitating access to college to first generation high school students. There, she developed deep personal connections with students and their families, and a profound understanding of the complexities and variety of the higher education system in the United States.
Determined to help young people achieve their dreams regardless of their academic background, in 2010, she began working with a handful of students. Success spurring growth, she established herself as an independent college counselor. In 2012, consulting for Harvard University/LASPAU and for the M+Visión Consortium at MIT, she facilitated the applications to post-doctoral fellowships for grantees worldwide planning to study in the United States in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Other consulting activities include connecting Boston University Office of International programs with companies in Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City) starting a new internship destination for that University; obtaining the accreditation of Mount Ida College in Turkey. At Babson College, she contributed to the design of the College's first international press plan, and facilitated communication between the College and the international press on campus during the World Soccer Games.
Interested in identity and diversity, an intercultural trainer, she conducted several seminars for Prudential Intercultural in the United States and abroad to help executives and their families transition across countries and cultures. An adjunct professor, Ms. Evans taught International Education Exchange at Lesley University, Graduate Program in Intercultural Relations. Teaching also includes the University of Massachusetts, Boston Department of Hispanic Studies where she taught Spanish.
Her passion is to connect individuals and institutions across cultures, functions and countries. She brings to her students a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her highly personalized and attentive approach, building the confidence of each candidate and discovering through the interview process whether on SKYPE or in person has yielded many success stories.
Ms. Evans makes her home in the Boston area where she lives with her family.