2015 Multicultural Student-Alumni Career Connection 

THEME – “Our AU: Reconnecting with Community”

American University alumni represent a broad range of cultural identities and experiences with the connecting point of alma mater. Each alumnus has helped shape and positively contribute to a stronger, more diverse and inclusive university community and weaves into a powerful network. We come together to recognize and celebrate our connection to the larger AU community at this annual reunion and celebration at All-American Weekend as the Multicultural Alumni Reunion (MCAR).


Pre-registration for all MCAR events is closed, but we will accept walk-up registrations onsite.

Friday, October 17

Welcome Reception
6 - 8 p.m.
Hotel Monaco D.C.
700 F Street, NW
A la carte price - $10 per person

All-Alumni Party
8 - 11 p.m.
Woolly Mammoth Theater Company 
641 D Street, NW
A la carte price - $20 per person

Saturday,October 18

Community Reunions
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Kogod School of Business
Terrace Level Classrooms

  • Barkada + Caribbean Circle + International Student Association
  • Frederick Douglass Scholars + STEP alumni
  • Gospel Choir Alumni Network
  • Graduate Student Alliance + WCL Multicultural Community
  • Latino and American Student Organization (LASO)
  • OASATAU + UHURU + Black Student Alliance

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 - $15 per person

Saturday, October 18

The State of Multicultural Students at American University
2 - 3 p.m.
Kogod Student Lounge

Moderator: The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee
SOC/BA '73, WCL/JD '76
Judge,  United States District Court
Alexandria, VA

Panelists include:

Dr. Sharon Alston
Vice Provost, Undergraduate Enrollment
American University

Dr. Keith D. Leonard
Associate Professor
Department of Literature
American University

Marcy Campos
Director, Office of Community
Engagement and Service
American University

Shirleyne McDonald
Associate Director
Office of Financial Aid
American University

Cassandra Henry
AU Student Leader

Jasmyn Shumate
President, AU Black Student Alliance

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

Dr. Thomas J. Minar
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
American University

Evelyn Kelly, CAS/BA '01
Chair, AU Latino Alumni Alliance

Clarence J. Fluker, SOC/MA '02
Chair, AU Black Alumni Alliance

Sunday, October 19

Fraternity and Sorority Brunch
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center
A la carte price - $15 per person

Host Committee

Gina F. Adams
SPA/BA '80
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
FedEx Corporation

Fanta Aw, PhD
Kogod/BSBA '90, SPA/MPA '94
Assistant Vice President of Campus Life
and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer
American University

Marlinda Boxley, JD
Kogod/BSBA '88,  WCL/JD '91
Executive Director
Innovation in Education REform

Miguel Bustos
SIS/MA '95
Senior Vice President, Community Relations
and Outreach Regional Director
Wells Fargo

Violeta Ettle
Kogod/MBA '76
Vice Provost, Academic Administration
American University

The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee
SOC/BA '73, WCL/JD '76
Judge,  United States District Court
Alexandria, VA

Carolyn Minick Mason, Esq.
SIS/BA '88

Joy Thomas Moore

SOC/BA '72, SOC/MA '73
President and CEO
JWS Media Consulting

RJ Narang
SPA/BA '02
President and CEO
Renegade Technology Systems, Inc (RTSI)

Ana M. Polanco, Esq.
SPA/BA '98
CEO and Founder
Polanco Consulting

Danica Starks
SIS/BA '99
International Trade Specialist for
Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia
U.S. Department of Commerce

Planning Committee

Reunion Chairs
Jolene McNeil, CMP
SPA/BA '97

Antonio Gutierrez, Esq.
SIS/BA ’01

Welcome Reception Co-Chairs
Tyrone Harris, Esq.
SOC/BA ’72, WCL/JD ’75

Antonio Gutierrez, Esq.
SIS/BA ’01

Community Reunions Co-Chairs
Jolon McNeil

CAS/BA ’98

Marcela Guachamin-Trask
SIS/BA ’06

LASO Hosts
Vanessa Palma

Barkada/Carib. Circle/ ISA Hosts

The Honorable Gerald B. Lee
Tyrone Harris

Graduate Student / WCL Hosts
Clarence Fluker
Dawn Sequiera

Gospel Choir Alumni Network
Bradley White
Brittany Johnson
Sylstea Sledge

Frederick Douglass/STEP Hosts

State of Multicultural Students Co-Chairs
Evelyn Kelly
CAS/BS ’01

Clarence Fluker
SOC/MA ’02

CELEBRATE Multicultural Student-Alumni Reception Co-Chairs
Janethe Peña
SIS/BA ’02

Shawn Richardson

SOC/MA ’08

Sub-committee Members
Aditi Dussault
CAS/BS '06
(also Chair, AU Pride Alumni Alliance)

Alison McNeil
CAS/MA '04

Fraternity and Sorority Brunch Co-Chairs
Wendy Edge
Kogod/BSBA ’89

Amanda Quiñones
SIS/BA ’08

Sub-committee Members
Isel A. Galvan
SOC/BA '10

Antonio Gutierrez, Esq.
SIS/BA ’01

Oriana Izquierdo
SIS/BA '00

Qui-Juan Jones
Kogod/BSBA ’09

Phillip A. Lattimore,II, Esq
SPA/BA '83, JD/WCL '86

Vanessa Perry, MBA, PhD
CAS/BA '88

Rev. Stephen A. Tillett
SPA/BA '82

Social Media and Marketing Co-Chairs
Mesha Williams
SOC/MA ’07

Qui-Juan Jones
Kogod/BSBA ’09

Nakeesha Ceran
SPA/BA ’10, MA ‘12

Daniel A. Leon-Davis