Julie Anne Gehring

Julie is the Director of Mentoring and Community Engagement at Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center, a nonprofit middle school for girls in grades 4 to 8 from low-income families. She specializes in both parent/guardian/family engagement and in training mentor programs. Julie teaches how to effectively incorporate “The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring” through proper recruitment, screening, training, programing and closure. She is passionate about empowering mentees to use their “voice and choice” in mentoring relationships. This year, Julie received a fellowship grant via the Eurasia Foundation’s Social Expertise Exchange to work with Big Brother Big Sisters in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 2016, Julie helped to launch the European Center for Evidence Based Mentoring in the Netherlands. Further, she was nominated as one of Boston’s 2016 Emerging Leaders through UMass Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership Program in the College of Management.

Julie holds her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and Mass Communication with a focus on Public Relations from Towson University and her Masters of Arts from Emerson College in Integrated Marketing and Communication.

In the evenings, Julie is an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston in the College of Liberal Arts where she lectures on Social Influence and Compliance Gaining and New Media in Society. She also mentors a Mother Caroline Academy alum and serves on the UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Alumni Board and the Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association. Julie is passionate about her community and is a committee member for the Dorchester Day Parade. In her free time, she loves traveling, photography, studying Dutch and spending time with her two nieces Josephine and Sonia in the Philadelphia area.


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