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Alliances and Interest Groups

Connect with alumni with shared identities, interests, and careers.

American University has a broad range of alumni affinity groups and networks that eagerly seek your active participation.

Identity

The Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network (APIAN) 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.

Chair: Yumi Matsumura Villatoro, SIS/BA '11
Staff Liaison: Belinda Peter
Alumni Board Liaison: Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91
Reunion Weekend: October 19-21, 2018
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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.

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: 20172016
Reunion Weekend: October 19-21, 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter
Make a Gift for Black Students

The mission of the AU 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.

Chair: Melina Olmo, SIS/BA '99
Staff Liaison: Raina Lenney
Alumni Board Liaison: Sara Nieves-Grafals, CAS/BS '75, CAS/MA '79, CAS/PhD '79
Reunion Weekend: October 19-21, 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter
Make a Gift for Latinx Students

The Legacy Alumni Network (LAN) 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 LAN helps these members of the AU community stay in touch with the university and with other legacies through special events and networking opportunities.

Co-Chairs: Michael Russell, Kogod/BSBA '86, and Christine Moo-Young, Kogod, BSBA '87
Staff Liaison: Mina Kato
Alumni Board Liaison: Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91
Reunion Weekend: October 19-21, 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
Website | Make a Gift to the Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship Fund

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.

Co-chairs: Charley Fogel, CAS/BA '13, and Shawn Richardson, SOC/MA '08
Staff Liaison: Belinda Peter
Reunion Weekend: October 19-21, 2018
Website | Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Newsletter
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The AU Women's Network seeks to bring together AU alumnae to connect, build, and strengthen valuable relationships that will contribute to professional success, as well as deepen ties to the AU community.

Co-chairs: Lori George Billingsley, SOC/MA '91; Penny Pagano, SOC/BA '65
Staff Liaison: Belinda Peter
Website | Email | Facebook | Newsletter

Industry and Interests

The mission of AU's Faculty & Staff Alumni Affinity Network (FSAAN), better known as the Eagles Nest, is to facilitate fellowship among AU alumni who are faculty or staff of the university. 

Staff Liaison: EmilyAnn Walrath
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With more than 10,000 alumni trained in entertainment and media, the AU 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. 

Staff Liaison: Carlita Pitts
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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. 

Chair: William Hubbard, SIS/BA '11
Staff Liaison: Belinda Peter
Website | Facebook

AU Social Media Ambassadors works with dedicated alumni looking for great ways to connect with the University and fellow alumni through social media. 

Staff Liaison: Alicia Kubert
Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Flickr | Storify

Student Experience

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

Chair: Amy Lampert, SOC/BA '94
Staff Liaison: Mina Kato
Alumni Board Liaison: Piya Charanjiva, Kogod/BSBA '91
Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

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.

Staff Liaison: Belinda Peter

The Gospel Choir Alumni Network was created to bring together AU alumni who previously performed in the Gospel choir during their time at AU.

Co-Chairs: Shayna Hayes, SOC/BA '07; Christian Taylor, Kogod/BSBA '12
Staff Liaison: Belinda Peter
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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.

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

Student and alumnus meet at networking reception

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