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 Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network (APIAN)

Chair: Yumi Matsumura Villatoro, SIS/BA '11
Staff  Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Reunion Weekend: October 20 - 22, 2017

This AU network was created with the mission to increase engagement, foster connections, and build a worldwide network of the 5,500 American University Asian and Pacific Islander-heritage alumni community and beyond.

AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA)

Chair: Bradley White,  SPA/BA '99, WCL/JD '07
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Congressional Black Caucus Reception:  2017 Date TBD | 2016
Reunion Weekend: October 20 - 22, 2017 | 2016 | 20152014 | 2013
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 20 - 22, 2017 | 2016 | 20152014 | 2013
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 20 - 22, 2017 | 2016 | 2015
| 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: Vacant
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Reunion Weekend: TBD  | 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, SOC/BA '65
Staff  Liaison: Pat Rabb 
Website | EmailFacebook | Newsletter

Join fellow AU alumnae, graduate students,  faculty, staff, and the business community as we connect, build, and strengthen valuable relationships that will contribute to their professional success, as well as deepen ties to the AU community.


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 Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance (EMAA)

Staff Liaison: Carlita Pitts
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 Veterans Alumni Network

Chair: William Hubbard, SIS/BA '11 
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath
Website | Facebook

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 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 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: To Be Announced
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.

AU Honors & Scholars Alumni Network

Co-Chairs: Julien Blaney, CAS/BA '16; Justin W. Morgan, CAS/BS '16
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

The AU Honors & Scholars Alumni Network is an alliance of former students who were actively involved in an honors and/or scholars 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 & scholars at American University. 

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Multicultural Student-Alumni Career Connections
Join us for a panel discussion and networking event where alumni will help address important themes about the issues and conversation around race and culture at work, the challenges and successes of being your “authentic self,” and behaviors necessary for successful career growth.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dinner with Alumni featuring Kristen Hecht, SIS/MA ’12

If you are interested in a career in the non-profit sector, doing mission-driven work, then this dinner is for you.  Come join Kristen Hecht, SIS/MA '12, for dinner and a great networking event.The Dinner with Alumni program brings students and alumni together through a series of dinners scheduled throughout the academic year.

SIS Dean Goldgeier in Baltimore
Please join the School of International Service and Dean James Goldgeier at a reception during the ISA Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dinner with Alumni featuring Blair Pasalic, SIS/BA ’06, SIS/MA ’08
If you are interested in the international energy career field, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East, then this dinner is for you!  Come join Blair; SIS/BA ’06, SIS/MA ’08; for dinner and a great opportunity to network. This event is available to current SIS graduate students only.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 Being LGBTQ in the Workplace
Join the AU Alumni Association, the Career Center, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Lambda Law Society for a panel discussion on being LGBTQ in the workplace. Explore how identities are expressed, received, and restrained in the pursuit of living and working as your authentic self.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Dinner with Alumni featuring Sandra M. Walter, Kogod/BSBA ’86
If you are interested in exploring a career in the nonprofit sector, then this dinner is for you. Meet an AU alumna who has been in your shoes and has now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Sandra Walter, Kogod/BSBA ‘86, for dinner and a great networking event.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Annual SIS Comparative & Regional Studies Alumni Career Panel
Join the CRS community for our annual alumni panel! Meet with CRS program alumni working in a diverse array of fields in international affairs and learn what steps they took while studying at SIS and post-graduation to get where they are today. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

SIS ID & IPCR Programs Host Careers in the Global Nonprofit Sector
The SIS International Development and International Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate programs join forces to host a panel of SIS alumni to speak with other students and alumni about careers in the global nonprofit sector. 

Sunday, April 09, 2017

2017 Latino Alumni Alliance Brunch

Join American University's Latino Alumni Alliance with the AU Latino/a Alumni Association of the Washington College of Law for the fifth annual Spring brunch. Our panel topic is "The First 100 Days and Beyond:  Latinos Thriving in a New Political Climate."  Enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with friends, network with new alumni, and find out how you can become involved.

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