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Transcending Borders


A non-profit organization to promote mutual cooperation and understanding between Turkish and American students.

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Transcending Borders


A non-profit organization to promote mutual cooperation and understanding between Turkish and American students.

 

Our mission

We aim to serve the New England Turkish and American communities by promoting mutual academic, professional and cultural ties.

 
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Events


We hold many events throughout the year, including networking events and dinners.

See our events

Events


We hold many events throughout the year, including networking events and dinners.

See our events

In line with our mission, we hold various events in the New England area to bring our community together. Our first event was a movie screening on the centennial of the Gallipoli battle. We then held our first public meeting on November 7, 2015 with huge support from the Turkish students in the area.

We always want to have more activities for our community. Please contact us if you have an idea for an event -- we would be more than happy to help out!

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Our Team


We are a collaboration of many universities in New England. Every student from the area can join!

Our Team


We are a collaboration of many universities in New England. Every student from the area can join!

DAGHAN
OZDEM

PRESIDENT
 

NORTHEASTERN
UNIVERSITY

Daghan has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University. He has 8 years of volunteer experience in several non-profit organizations. In 2014-2015, he was the president of the Rotaract Club of Ankara. In his first year in the United States, he served as the secretary of NETSA and NU Turkish Graduate Student Association. In July 2016, he was elected president of NETSA. Besides charity work, he likes playing basketball, hiking and swimming.

ASLI BUSE
UNVER

VICE-PRESIDENT
 

SIMMONS
COLLEGE

Asli graduated from Northeastern University in 2016 where she majored in Psychology and minored in Business Administration. Formerly she served as the secretary at Northeastern University Turkish Student Association for 2 years and in NETSA. Asli is currently working her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons College. She is also working at Judge Rotenberg Center, as Clinician Assistant, working with the clinical team on regulating students’ and clients’ treatment plans. Aside from her passion in mental health, she is passionate about traveling, exploring new places, and cultures.

 

Bengisu
Onal

EVENT
COORDINATOR

BERKLEE COLLEGE
OF MUSIC

Bengisu ONAL is a vocal performance and music business & management double major and musical theatre writing minor student at Berklee College of Music. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph French High School. She sings a variety of music styles including jazz, R&B, Pop, Musical Theatre and Traditional Turkish music. She was the background vocalist of prominent Turkish singer Sezen Aksu for five years. She’s been working in Jingle House since 2010. Currently she’s the official voice of Coca-Cola in Turkey. She released her first album in June 2014.

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BENGISU
OZBAY

MARKETING
COORDINATOR

NORTHEASTERN
UNIVERSITY

Bengisu is a Ph.D. candidate in Northeastern University Electrical Engineering Department in Robust Systems Lab. Her research is mainly focused on control and computer vision related problems. She is currently a member of PhD Student Dean’s Advisory Council in NEU. She is also a part of e-boards of NU Turkish Graduate Student Association (NUTGSA) and Northeastern ECE Ph.D. Student Association (NEPSA). In addition to volunteer work and community service, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading and travelling.

 

 

 

 

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TARIK
KELESTEMUR

TREASURER
 

NORTHEASTERN
UNIVERSITY

Tarik is a Masters student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He received his BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey. In his research, he is working on Human-Robot Interaction in domestic environments. He enjoys playing drums, tennis and snowboarding.

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EMRECAN
DEMIRORS

OUTREACH
COORDINATOR

NORTHEASTERN
UNIVERSITY

Emrecan received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University. He is currently conducting research in the area of wireless communication and networking as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. Apart from his passion for engineering and science, he enjoys traveling, soccer, basketball, chess, music, and history.

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IZEL
ALTINDAG

DIRECTOR

BOSTON
UNIVERSITY

Izel is currently a senior at Boston University, pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration, concentrating on Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Psychology. During his past college years he has been an active member of Boston University Mock Mediation Club, attending both national and international tournaments with the school team. He is the President and Co-founder of Boston University Turkish Student Association (2016). Apart from his curricular and club related interests, Izel likes languages (specifically Japanese at the moment), strategy board games, all types of non-herbal tea, travelling and exploring new cultures, water sports and playing guitar. A 2012 dated album, released by the him and the band Aykan Esen can be listened on various music platforms.

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ORHAN TUNC
CELIKER

SECRETARY

MIT

Orhan is a graduate student at MIT EECS. His research is focused on neuroscience and computer science. He likes photography and exploring new cities.