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
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.  



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, October 28, 2014

SIS Alumni in the Atrium ONLINE: Gearoid Millar, SIS/MA '06

The School of International Service, in partnership with the AU Career Center, feature SIS alumni working internationally through the SIS Alumni in the Atrium ONLINE series. Participants can ask alumni questions about careers, internships, interviewing tips, and networking skills, from anywhere in the world! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dinner with Alumni: Kenneth Poole SPA/MPA '84
Graduate students! If you are interested learning how to plan for a career in the non-profit or public policy sector, or if you’re interested in the areas of economic or community development, then this dinner is for you.  Meet an AU Alumnus who has been in your shoes and has now succeeded in doing what you aspire to do. Come join Ken for dinner and a great networking event!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

SIS Alumni in the Atrium: Thomas Watson, SIS/ MA ‘08
The School of International Service, in partnership with the AU Career Center, 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.  

NYC Young Alumni Election Night Party
Join fellow NYC Eagles for an election night party! There is no cost to attend. RSVP by October 31.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Dinner with Alumni: Janethe Pena (SIS/BA '02) and Melina Olmo (SIS/BA '99)
Janethe Peña and Melina Olmo will host a student dinner with a focus on business etiquette and cultural business differences in the workplace.

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.

Sunday, November 09, 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.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SIS Alumni in the Atrium: Stephanie Cate, SIS/MA '11
The School of International Service, in partnership with the AU Career Center, 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.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPA Pre-Reception Networking Workshop
Students and alumni attending the SPA Student-Alumni Networking Reception that are interested in refining their networking skills and receiving professional advice on how to effectively interact with alumni and employers are invited to this interactive pre-reception workshop.