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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.


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: Don Mike Mendoza, SOC/BA '10, SOC/MA '17
Vice Chair: Kathy Kim, SIS/BA '16
Staff Liaison: Maya Graham
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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: Gordon-Andrew Fletcher, SPA/BA '06, SPA/MPAP '17
Vice Chair: Kathy Russell, SOC/BA '04
Staff Liaison: Asantewa Boakyewa
Congressional Black Caucus Reception: 20172016
Reunion Weekend: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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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.

Co-Chairs: Diana Alonzo-Watkins, SIS/MA '04, Angela Gonzalez, SIS/MA '06
Staff Liaison: Asantewa Boakyewa
Reunion Weekend: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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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: Jonathon Sorge
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.

Chair: Shawn Richardson, SOC/MA '08
Staff Liaison: Maya Graham
Email Pride Alumni Alliance | LinkedIn | Facebook
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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.

Chair: Penny Pagano, SOC/BA '65
Staff Liaison: Caitlin Wise
Email Women's Network | Connect with the Women's Network on Facebook

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. 

Chairs: Danielle Johnson, SOC/MA '16, Tess Saffar, SIS/BA '13, SIS/MA '15, Nadia Trowers, SOC/BA '07, SOC/MA '13
Staff Liaison: Jonathon Sorge

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: Jonathon Sorge
Website | LinkedIn | Facebook

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: Maya Graham
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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

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: Jonathon Sorge
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.

Chair: Zach Cohen, SIS/BA '14
Staff Liaison: Maya Graham

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: Maya Graham

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: Maya Graham
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