Multicultural Alumni Reunion

Multicultural Alumni Reunion at All-American Weekend
October 16 - 18, 2015

THEME – “Reconnecting with our AU: One AU, One Community”

We celebrate our cultural and ethnic differences, along with our common bond of being American University alumni.  Our reunion events give alumni the opportunity to network across generations and to better engage with today's multicultural students.  Our presence and participation sets the example for future alumni and is critical to complete the tapestry this is our colorful alumni network. 

Come back home to THE alumni event of the season...your celebration...the Multicultural Alumni Reunion at All-American Weekend.


Online registration is now closed.

Free events and event prices are marked below.  During registration consider making a gift to one of three student support funds - the Latino Alumni Alliance Book Award, the Black Alumni Alliance Book Award, and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund benefitting legacy students.


Janethe Peña, SIS/BA '02 and Shawn Richardson, SOC/MA '08
2015 Multicultural Alumni Reunion Chairs

Friday, October 16

Welcome Reception
 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Mead Center for American Theater (Arena Stage)
Molly Smith Study
1101 6th Street, SW
A la carte price - $10 per person

Featured Speaker: Claudio Grossman, Dean, AU Washington College of Law

All-Alumni Party
8 - 11 p.m.
Cruise on the Spirit of Washington
600 Water Street, SW
A la carte price - $25 per person

Saturday,October 17

All-American Fall Festival, a family-style barbecue
Seatings at Noon and 1 p.m.
Woods-Brown Amphitheater
Multicultural Fraternity and Sorority Step Presentation from 12:45 - 1 p.m.
A la carte price - $17 per person

The State of Multicultural Students at American University
1 - 2:30 p.m.
AU McKinley Building
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Moderator: Russell Williams, SOC/BA '74, professor and distinguished artist-in-residence


David Aldridge, SOC/BA '87, reporter, Turner Television

Tiffany Speaks, senior director, AU Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Victoria DeSimone, SIS/MA '16, vice president of alumni relations, AU Graduate Leadership Council

Gordon Edwards, CAS/BA '16, president, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Saturday, October 17

CELEBRATE! Multicultural Student-Alumni Reception
3 - 5 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center Rotunda

Featured Speakers include:

Dr. Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71
President, American University

Courtney Surls
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
American University

Jasmine Stringer
Chair, AU Black Alumni Alliance

Janethe Peña
Co-Chair, AU Multicultural Alumni Reunion 2015

A Gospel Extravanganza featuring the AU Gospel Choir Alumni Network
5 p.m.
Location: Kay Spiritual Life Center
Cost: FREE


MCAR presents: A Musical Evening in Brazil
7:30 - 10 p.m.
Location: The Embassy of Brazil, 3006 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Attire: Dressy casual

Parking: No Embassy parking is available. The Embassy prefers that guests park at American University's main campus and shuttle service will be provided. Details to be sent by e-mail to registrants by or before October 9.


Sunday, October 18

Interfaith Ecumenical Service
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Museum at Katzen Arts Center
Cost: Free
Attire: Casual

Hosted by the Alumnae of the Lambda Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Fraternity and Sorority Festival
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Woods-Brown Amphitheater
(Rain site - SIS Atrium)
A la carte price - $15 per person (ages 13 and up) and $7 per person (ages 4 to 12)


Schedule and Prices Last Updated on October 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Planning Committee

Welcome Reception Co-chairs
Maria Luisa Ortega
Kogod/BSBA '85

Gillie Haynes
SOC/MA '00

The State of Multicultural Students at AU Co-chairs
Nadia Trowers
SOC/BA '07, SOC/MA '13


CELEBRATE! Co-chairs
Tyrone ("Ty") Harris
SOC/BA '72, WCL/JD '75

Melina Olmo
SIS/BA '99

Jorhena Thomas
SIS/MA '04

Jazz Soiree Co-chairs
Jacqueline ("Jackie") Jackson
WCL/JD '74

Sara Nieves-Grafals
CAS/BA '75, CAS/MA '79, CAS/PhD '80

Fraternity and Sorority Festival Co-Chairs
G. Anthony ("Tony") Bell, D.M., PMP
SIS/BA '88

Oriana Izquierdo
SIS/BA '00

Christopher ("Chris") Quintyne
SPA/BA '07

Social Media and Marketing Co-chair
Mesha Williams
SOC/MA '07

Affinity Leadership
Evelyn Kelly, CAS/BS '01
Chair, AU Latino Alumni Alliance

Jasmine Stringer, Kogod/BSBA '01
Chair, AU Black Alumni Alliance

John Evanoff, WCL/JD '99
President, AU Latino/a Alumni Association of the Washington College of Law

Kimberly LeBlanc, WCL/JD '07, Kogod/MBA '09
President, AU Washington College of Law Black Alumni Association