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: Shayna Hayes, SOC/BA '07, Christian Taylor, Kogod/BSBA '12
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
Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

The mission of the AU Honors & Scholars Alumni Network is to provide a space for alumni of American University's premier academic programs to share ideas, develop as impactful professionals, and support the university as philanthropic partners.

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tribeca Talks with Kobe Bryant, Michael Strahan and Glen Keane
Please join the Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance and local NYC area alumni for a Sunday afternoon mixer and special Tribeca Film Festival event: Tribeca Talks with Kobe Bryant, NBA legend; Michael Strahan, Co-host, Good Morning America and Glen Keane, animator, author and illustrator. The cost to attend is $30.00 per person.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ping Pong with Dean Goldgeier: Annual Spring Networking Hour

Join fellow alumni and SIS Dean Jim Goldgeier for a few rounds of ping pong and pizza at the Dean's Annual Spring Networking Hour, hosted at Comet Ping Pong in partnership with the SIS Dean's Young Alumni & Friends Committee and the AU Alumni Association

Saturday, April 29, 2017

American University's Inaugural Latinx Graduation Ceremony
Join us as we honor all graduating seniors who identify as Latinx/are of Hispanic heritage for our inaugural annual celebration of latinx graduates. This presented in part by the AU Latino Alumni Alliance and the AU Washington College of Law Latino/a Alumni Association.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Black Alumni Alliance Happy Hour 2017
Join the American University Black Alumni Alliance for a summer Happy Hour. The AU BAA will be welcoming new alumni to the community. It will be a fun opportunity to connect with old friends and network with new ones. 1-2 short sentence teaser description

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