Alliances and Interest Groups 

American University has a broad range of alumni affinity groups and networks that eagerly seek your active participation.  Affinity groups and networks that celebrate and support identity, industry, leisure, student activities, and student experience may be found on this page.  

Alumni groups based on graduation year, region/location, and schools/colleges can be found on our Chapters web page.


AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA)

Chair: Jasmine Stringer, Kogod/BSBA '01
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
MCAR Mini Reunion: October 22, 2016
Reunion Weekend: October 21 - 23, 2016 | 2015 Pictures2014 Pictures | 2013 Pictures
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter| Make a Gift for Black Students

The mission of the AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA) is to create a lifelong and worldwide community of AU alumni with greatest focus on the 6,000 black and African-heritage Diaspora communities and beyond.

AU Latino Alumni Alliance (LAA)

Chair: Janethe Peña, SIS/BA '02
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
MCAR Mini Reunion: October 22, 2016
Reunion Weekend: October 21 - 23, 2016 | 2015 Pictures2014 Pictures | 2013 Pictures
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | NewsletterMake a Gift for Latino Students

The mission of the American University Latino Alumni Alliance (LAA) is to increase engagement, foster connections, and build a worldwide network of the 4,000 American University Latino and Hispanic-heritage alumni community and beyond. 

AU Legacy Alumni Network (LAN)

Co-Chairs: Michael Russell, Kogod/BSBA '86, and Christine Moo-Young, Kogod, BSBA '87
Staff Liaison: Pat Rabb and Sarah Martone
Reunion Weekend: October 22, 2016 Legacy Alumni Breakfast | See 2015 Pictures
| Make a Gift to the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship Fund

This network is designed to bring together those alumni and students who have made an AU education part of their family tradition. Generations of families have passed on the AU tradition to their children and grandchildren, and we want to help celebrate this special relationship. The Legacy Alumni Network (LAN) helps these members of the AU community stay in touch with the university and with other legacies through special events and networking opportunities. It rewards families for their continued generational support of AU.

AU Pride Alumni Alliance (AU Pride)

Chair: Chad Appel, J.D., SPA/BA ’03
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Reunion Weekend: October 21 - 23, 2016 | 2015 Pride Alumni Reunion Photos
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter | Membership Form

The vision of AU Pride Alumni Alliance (AU Pride) is to connect and engage the LGBTQ and ally communities of American University Alumni through celebrating diversity and increasing visibility. 

AU Women's Network

Co-chairs: Lori George Billingsley, SOC/MA '91; Penny Pagano, 
Staff  Liaison: Pat Rabb 

Website | EmailFacebook | Newsletter

Join fellow AU alumnae, graduate students,  faculty, staff, and the business community as we connect with AU's alumni population, building and strengthening valuable relationships that will contribute to their professional success, as well as deepen ties to the AU community.


AU Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance (EMAA)

Staff Liaison: Carlita Pitts and Jasmeen Waliany
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook

With more than 10,000 alumni trained in entertainment and media, the American University Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance (EMAA) aims to create a lifelong and worldwide community of AU alumni with current and aspiring careers in motion pictures, music, television, and theater, as well as news, public communication, journalism, and documentaries.

AU Eagles Nest 

Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Website | Facebook | LinkedIn 

The mission of AU's Faculty & Staff Alumni Affinity Network (F.S.A.A.N), better known as the Eagles Nest, is to facilitate fellowship among AU alumni who are faculty or staff of the University.  

AU Veterans Alumni Network

Co-Chairs: William Hubbard, SIS/BA '11 and Jacob Myers, SIS/BA '10
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

As a partnership between the AU Veterans Network and the American University Alumni Association, the mission of the AU Veterans Alumni Network is to foster and support a community of AU alumni who have previously served in our armed services and to create increased opportunities for meaningful engagement towards the end of greater awareness, pride, participation, volunteer involvement, and philanthropic commitment to American University.

Leisure and Interest

AU Green Alumni Network

Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

The AU Green Alumni Network is an organization of alumni interested in and actively working towards a green environment and a more sustainable climate in the nation and around the world. Sustainability at American University continues to be a top priority and we hope to bring together our alumni to broaden the message of AU’s efforts in working and promoting the study of green living and sustainability.

AU Social Media Ambassadors

Staff Liaison: Zim Ezumah
Facebook Twitter |  LinkedIn | Flickr Always an Eagle Blog | Storify

AU Social Media Ambassadors works with dedicated alumni looking for great ways to connect with the University and fellow alumni through social media.  

Student Experience

AU Alumni Admissions Volunteer Network 

Chair: Amy Lampert, SOC/BA '94
Staff Liaison: Sarah Martone and Pat Rabb
Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

The Alumni Admissions Volunteers program invites dedicated AU alumni and parents to assist with the recruitment of prospective undergraduate and graduate AU students. 

AU Honors Alumni Network

Chair: Elizabeth Claps, SOC/BA '05 
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

The AU Honors Alumni Network is an alliance of former students who were actively involved in the Honors Program at American University during their academic tenure. Increased engagement with alumni and networking with future alumni will help foster the development of relationships and successful programs in the Honors Program at American University. 

AU Eagle Alumni Board

Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

The AU Eagle Alumni Board is an alliance composed of AU alumni who formerly worked on the student newspaper, The Eagle, during their time at American University.

AU Gospel Choir Alumni Network

Co-Chairs: Bradley White, Esq. SPA/BA '99, WCL/JD '07 and Brittany L. Johnson, SOC/BA '10 
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

A newly formed group created to bring together AU alumni who previously performed in the Gospel choir during their time at AU.

Interested in starting a new alumni affinity group?

Contact Isaac W. K. Thweatt, director of alumni outreach, at or call (202) 885-5930.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 10, 2016

AU DC Ethics Bowl Alumni Breakfast
Join fellow AU alumni, students, faculty, and local community members for a breakfast and networking event preceding the DC area Ethics Bowl Competition. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New York City Student-Alumni Networking Reception and Panel Discussion
Please join us for the annual New York City Student-Alumni Networking Dinner and Panel discussion, co-presented by the AU Career Center, the Kogod Center for Career Development, the School of Communication, and the Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance. Enjoy an evening of networking and exploration as you meet current AU students interested in the careers of marketing, public relations, journalism, film, and related fields. Dinner and soft beverages included in admission; cash bar available. Cost is $15 for alumni and no charge for current AU students.

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