Alliances and Interest Groups

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    Alumni Relations        
    202-885-5930  
    4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
    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
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter

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
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
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
Website

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.  


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. 
Chair:

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna live in D.C.
Ongoing until Sunday, September 21. Join the American University Alumni Association as we experience Cirque Du Soleil's presentation of "Amaluna" live in Washington, D.C. Discount pricing for AU alumni and friends available.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

SIS Alumni in the Atrium: David Parker, SIS/MA '13
The School of International Service, in partnership with the AU Career Center, feature select alumni a few times a month in the SIS Atrium as part of the Alumni in the Atrium Series

Friday, September 05, 2014

SIS Industry Days: United States Agency for International Development
Registration for this event is now closed. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist please email sisalum@american.edu. 

SIS, the AU Alumni Association, the SIS Alumni Chapter, the SIS Graduate Student Council and the AU Career Center invite SIS graduate students and AU alumni to the first 2014-15 SIS Industry Days event at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The SIS Industry Days event series connects SIS graduate students and alumni with other AU alumni working in relevant fields. 

Monday, September 08, 2014

Dinner with Alumni: Nathan Dolezal SPA/BS '08 & Dan Shorts SPA/BA 11
If you are interested in working for the government or have questions about public service, then this dinner is for you. Meet two AU alumni who have been in your shoes and have now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Nathan and Dan for dinner and a great networking event!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dean Goldgeier Fall Networking Hour at Pinstripes
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN THE SPRING. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alumni in the KNOW: Chris Womack SPA/MPA '85
The AU Alumni Association presents Chris Womack SPA/MPA '85 to speak about his time at AU and his distinguished career and accomplishments. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

SOC Building Celebration
Dean Jeff Rutenbeck cordially invites you to celebrate the new home of the School of Communication in the historic McKinley Building. Cost to attend is free.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Day at the Hillwood Estate & Garden with the SIS Alumni Chapter
Join the SIS Alumni Chapter for a tour of the Hillwood Estate & Gardens followed by a cafe lunch. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AU Black Alumni Alliance 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Reception
Join the American University Black Alumni Alliance for a networking reception as we celebrate the annual gathering of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sigma Iota Rho Alumni - Student Connection
In honor of Sigma Iota Rho's 30th Anniversary, the Alpha Chapter at American University is hosting a reception and discussion with student and alumni members.  

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Alumni in the KNOW: Edward McGinnis SIS/MA '92

The AU Alumni Association host alumni Edward McGinnis SIS/MA '92 to speak about his time at AU and his distinguished career and accomplishments. 

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Dinner with Alumni: Lisa Rosenthal SPA/BA '97; KSB/MBA '01
If you are interested in the Department of Defense Consulting career field, 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 Lisa for dinner and a great networking event.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dinner with Alumni: Selin Hur SIS/BA '94
If you are interested in the national security/defense/intelligence career field or if are still trying to figure out your professional interests, 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 Selin for dinner and a great networking event.!

Friday, October 17, 2014

All-American Weekend
Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and New Student Programs, AU's All-American Weekend is a celebration of American University alumni, families, students, and friends.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Alumni in the KNOW: Monica J. Hazangeles CAS/MA '96
The AU Alumni Association host alumni Monica J, Hazangeles CAS/MA '96 to speak about her time at AU and her distinguished career and accomplishments. 

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Pride Networking Reception with UMD Lambda Pride Alumni Club
Join the AU Pride Alumni Alliance and the University of Maryland Lambda Pride Alumni Club for an evening of meeting new friends and making connections with fellow LGBTQ and ally alumni.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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.