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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.


AU Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network (APIAN)

Chair: Yumi Matsumura Villatoro, SIS/BA '11
Staff  Liaison: Mina Kato 
Alumni Board Liaison: Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91
Reunion Weekend: October 20 - 22, 2017 
Website | Facebook  

This AU network was created with the mission to increase engagement, foster connections, and build a worldwide network of the 5,500 American University Asian and Pacific Islander-heritage alumni community and beyond.

AU Black Alumni Alliance (BAA)

Chair: Bradley White,  SPA/BA '99, WCL/JD '07
Staff Liaison: Raina Lenney
Alumni Board Liaison: London McCloud, Kogod/BSBA '02
Congressional Black Caucus Reception:  September 20, 2017 | 2016 
Reunion Weekend: October 20 - 22, 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
WebsiteEmail | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter| Make a Gift for Black Students

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: Janethe Peña, SIS/BA '02
Staff Liaison: Raina Lenney
Alumni Board Liaison: Sara Nieves-Grafals, CAS/BS '75, CAS/MA '79, CAS/PhD '79
MCAR Mini Reunion: October 22, 2016
Reunion Weekend: October 20 - 22, 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | NewsletterMake 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: Michael Russell, Kogod/BSBA '86, and Christine Moo-Young, Kogod, BSBA '87
Staff Liaison: Pat Rabb

Alumni Board Liaison: Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91
Reunion Weekend:  October 20 - 22, 2017 | 2016 | 2015
| Make a Gift to the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship Fund

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)

Co-chairs: Charley Fogel, CAS/BA '13 and Shawn Richardson, SOC/MA '08
Staff Liaison: Carlita Pitts
Reunion Weekend:October 20 - 22, 2017  | 2015 Pride Alumni Reunion Photos
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter | Membership Form

The vision of AU Pride Alumni Alliance (AU Pride) is to connect and engage the LGBTQ and ally communities of American University Alumni through celebrating diversity and increasing visibility. 

AU Women's Network

Co-chairs: Lori George Billingsley, SOC/MA '91; Penny Pagano, SOC/BA '65
Staff  Liaison: Pat Rabb 
Website | EmailFacebook | Newsletter

Join fellow AU alumnae, graduate students,  faculty, staff, and the business community as we connect, build, and strengthen valuable relationships that will contribute to their professional success, as well as deepen ties to the AU community.


AU Eagles Nest 

Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath
Website | Facebook | 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 Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance (EMAA)

Staff Liaison: Carlita Pitts
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 Veterans Alumni Network

Chair: William Hubbard, SIS/BA '11 
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

Alumni Board Liaison: Merri Uckert, SIS/BA '77
Website | Facebook

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 Social Media Ambassadors

Staff Liaison: Alicia Kubert
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 

Chair: Amy Lampert, SOC/BA '94
Staff Liaison: Sarah Martone and Pat Rabb

Alumni Board Liaison: Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91/Merri Uckert, SIS/BA '77
Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

The Alumni Admissions Volunteers program invites dedicated AU alumni and parents to assist with the recruitment of prospective undergraduate and graduate AU students. 

AU Eagle Alumni Board

Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

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: Shayna Hayes, SOC/BA '07, Christian Taylor, Kogod/BSBA '12
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath

A newly formed group created to bring together AU alumni who previously performed in the Gospel choir during their time at AU.

AU Honors & Scholars Alumni Network

Co-Chairs:Julien Blaney, CAS/BA '16; Justin W. Morgan, CAS/BS '16
Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath
Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

The mission of the AU Honors & Scholars Alumni Network is to provide a space for alumni of American University's premier academic programs to share ideas, develop as impactful professionals, and support the university as philanthropic partners.

Interested in starting a new alumni affinity group? 
Contact EmilyAnn Walrath.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Multicultural Student-Alumni Career Connection Add this event to your calendar
Join us for a panel discussion and networking event where alumni will help address important themes about the issues and conversation around race and culture at work, the challenges and successes of being your “authentic self,” and behaviors necessary for successful career growth.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Being LGBTQ in the Workplace Add this event to your calendar
Join the AU Alumni Association, the Career Center, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for a panel discussion on being LGBTQ in the workplace. Explore how identities are expressed, received, and restrained in the pursuit of living and working as your authentic self.