Alliances and Interest Groups

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    Alumni Relations        
    202-885-5930  
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    Isaac W.K. Thweatt
    Director of Alumni Outreach


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.


Identity

AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA)

Chair: Clarence Fluker, SOC/MA '02
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and Nina Cooperman, SPA/MA '15 candidate
Reunion Weekend: 2014 Multicultural Alumni Reunion
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter | Give a Year Campaign

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: Evelyn Kelly, CAS/BS '01
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and Nina Cooperman, SPA/MA '15 candidate
Reunion Weekend: 2014 Multicultural Alumni Reunion
Website | Email  |  LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter Make 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: Linda Lupo-Rodriguez, SOC/BA '87, and Jacqueline 'Jackie' Cirillo-MeisenbergSOC/BA '87
Staff Liaison: Pat Rabb and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate
Website

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: Aditi Dussault, CAS/BA '06
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and Nina Cooperman, SPA/MA '15 candidate
Reunion Weekend: 2014 Pride Alumni Reunion
Website | Email |  LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter  Membership Form

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

AU Women's Network

Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and Nina Cooperman, SPA/MA '15 candidate
Website2015 Women in Leadership Event

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.



Industry

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 New York Finance Network

Co-Chairs: Jamie Steinberg, Kogod/MBA '11 and Dave Gurak, Kogod/BSBA '05
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt
Website

AU alumni in the financial services industry play a critical role in expanding the scope and depth of AU’s visibility in New York and the University’s presence with employers across the field. This group, open to alumni at all points in their career, will provide valuable professional networking opportunities in New York, heightened engagement with the institution, and the opportunity to engage in and learn about trends across the industry.

AU Eagles Nest 

Staff Liaison: Isaac W.K. Thweatt and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate
Website l Facebook l 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

Chair: Brandon Krapf  SIS/BA '14
Staff Liaison: Isaac W.K. Thweatt and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate
Website

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

Chair: Joshua Kaplan, CAS/BA '11
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate
LinkedIn

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: Rebecca Vander Linde
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 

Staff Liaison: Pat Rabb and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate
Website | LinkedIn  | Facebook

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

AU Honors Alumni Network

Chair: Elizabeth Claps, SOC/BA '05 and Caroline Mayhew Gardner, SIS/BA '05
Staff Liaison: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate

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: Isaac W. K. Thweatt

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: Isaac W. K. Thweatt and Nina Cooperman, SPA/MA '15 candidate
Facebook

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 thweatt@american.edu or call (202) 885-5930(202) 885-5930.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

SIS Special Forum: U.S. and European Responses to Terrorism
Join the School of International Service for an SIS Special Forum: U.S. and European Responses to Terrorism: Do We Have It Right? 

SIS Alumni in the Atrium: James Hauser, SIS/BA '10, SIS/MA '14
The School of International Service, in partnership with the AU Career Center and the SIS Alumni Chapter, feature select alumni in the SIS Atrium as part of the Alumni in the Atrium Series. An SIS alumnus/a sits in the atrium on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to speak with students about careers, internships, interviewing tips, and networking skills. 

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

SIS Alumni Book Club: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?
SIS, in partnership with the US Foreign Policy graduate program, is excited to launch the first SIS Alumni Book Club. We invite you to read Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy? and then attend the discussion February 4 to be led by SIS professor Gordon Adams.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Can Hawkish Leaders Make Peace?
Join SIS Professor Guy Ziv for a discussion of his new book "Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel." 

Friday, February 06, 2015

International Economic Relations Alumni Panel
Join the School of International Service and the International Economic Relations Program for a panel discussion featuring IER alumni. 

Dinner with Alumni: Pam Campagna and Jeffrey Lovelace
Graduate students- if you are interested hearing about what it’s like to work in consulting, international business, operations, or finance, then this dinner is for you.  Meet two AU Alums from the Kogod School of Business who turned their MBA educations into successful careers.  Come join Pam Campagna, MBA, CMC and Jeff Lovelace, MBA, SSBB, PMP, LSSBB for dinner and a great networking event.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Dinner with Alumni: Penny Pagano SOC/BA '65 and Andrew Huff SPA/MA '07
If you are interested in the learning more about DC and how students can
become involved in the city and the community, then this dinner is for you.  Meet AU Alumni who know the neighborhood and the city through their work as AU’s Directors of Community and Local Government Relations. Come join Penny and Andrew for dinner and a great networking event.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GEP/NRSD Alumni Conference 2015: Setting the Stage for Sustainaibility
The Global Environmental Politics (GEP) and Natural Resource and Sustainable Development (NRSD) Programs are hosting the first-ever conference for current students and program alumni. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Black Alumni Alliance Basketball Pre-Game Reception

Celebrate your love of basketball on February 14 as the AU Men's Basketball Team plays Lafayette. Join the American University Black Alumni Alliance as we honor #EbonyEagle sweethearts and cheer on the men's team in Bender Arena. Tickets are $10.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dinner with Alumni Elliot Bell-Krasner & John Sonsalla
Current undergraduate juniors and seniors, if you are interested in the government affairs, advocacy, and nonprofit career fields, then this dinner is for you.  Meet AU Alumni who have been in your shoes and have now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join John Sonsalla (SPA/BA '11) and Elliot Bell-Krasner (SPA/MPP '12) for dinner and a great networking event. This event is FREE for current students only.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

SIS Reception at the ISA Annual Convention

Please join the School of International Service and Dean James Goldgeier at a reception during the ISA Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Multicultural Student-Alumni Career Connection
Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Career Center, the Black Alumni Alliance and the Latino Alumni Alliance at this highly anticipated event. Alumni will share insights and advice on career planning and job searching from a multicultural perspective.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Founder's Day: Cake on the Quad
Come celebrate Founder's Day with some cake on the quad.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Being LGBTQ in the Workplace
Join the Career Center, CDI, and the Pride Alumni Alliance for a discussion on how LGBTQ identities are expressed and handled in the workplace, followed by a networking session and refreshments.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Comms for a Cause #DigitalAdvocacyAU
Join the Career Center and the Alumni Association for a panel discussion and networking session around career paths in digital advocacy.

Friday, February 27, 2015

SIS Industry Days: Department of Energy

SIS, the AU Alumni Association, the SIS Alumni Chapter, the SIS Graduate Student Council, and the AU Career Center invite SIS graduate students and alumni to an SIS Industry Days event at the Department of Energy. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Dinner with Alumni: Joe Vidulich SPA/BA '08
Current students -if you are interested in the government affairs, government relations, or lobbying career fields, then this dinner is for you. Meet an AU Alum who has been in your shoes and has now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Joe Vidulich, SPA BA ‘08 for dinner and a great networking event.

Dinner with Alumni: Andrea Murino SPA/BA '98
Current undergraduates- if you are interested in a career in law, then this dinner is for you.  Meet an AU Alum who has been in your shoes and has now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Andrea Murino (SPA/BA '98) for dinner and a great networking event.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Alumni in the KNOW: Women in Leadership
Join the AU Alumni Association, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Career Center as a panel of distinguished alumnae discuss and share their experiences as women in leadership.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Headed to the SXSW Festival? Join EMAA!
Join the Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance and fellow Eagles in Austin for good food, drinks, and fun during an alumni mixer during the South by Southwest Festival. Registration is $10 per person. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mualim Said Conference and Festschrift
Please join the School of International Service and the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program for a one-day international conference bringing together scholars and activists to make presentations that will be published in a festschrift in honor of Mualim Said.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

SIS Alumni of the Year
SAVE THE DATE! 

Dean James Goldgeier cordially invites you to join him in honoring the 2015 School of International Service Alumnus/a of the Year Award recipient.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Senior and Graduate Student Barbecue Series
Congratulations, Class of 2015! Graduate and undergraduate students planning to graduate in May and August are cordially invited to join President Neil and Mrs. Ann L. Kerwin '71 for the 2015 Senior and Graduate Barbecues. There is no cost to attend this event.