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
Website2014 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.

AU Spirit Alumni Network

Co-Chairs: Chelsea Ritchie, SIS/BA '12 and Joanna  Ranelli, SPA/BA '09
Staff Liaison: Kristena Wright and John Pope, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15 candidate

The AU Spirit Network was formed as a way to bring together past members of the AU dance and cheer teams, former mascots, and school spirit/ pep band members and supporters. 




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.

Find Your Chapter


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New York City Student-Alumni Dinner 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.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dean's Discussion: The Peace Corps Today
Please join Dean James Goldgeier at the School of International Service for a Dean's Discussion with the Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Day at AU with John Prendergast, SIS/MA '90
American University and the School of International Service are excited to welcome back John Prendergast, SIS/MA '90, for a day of engagement and discussion with students about peace and human rights.

This visit is sponsored by the School of International Service, in partnership with the AU Alumni Association, Kay Spiritual Life Center, the SIS Alumni Chapter, the AU Career Center, MA IR Online Program, the International Development Program and the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

MLK Day of Service
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining fellow Eagles for a day of service at the MLK Memorial. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SIS Alumni in the Atrium: Stephen Ladek SIS/MA '03
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.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SIS Alumni in the Atrium: Tom Pevehouse, SIS/MA '11
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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Alumni in the KNOW: Jeff Sine SIS/BA '76
The AU Alumni Association is pleased to present career merchant banker and Broadway producer Jeff Sine, SIS/BA '76, to speak about his time at AU and his distinguished career and accomplishments. 

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.