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Making the Case for AlumniEngagement in Education Abroad            Blake Hart, SIT Study Abroad   Ashley Waggener, Univer...
Why alumni engagement?• Why is alumni engagement important?• What are you hoping to get out of this  session?
Engaging SIT Alumni Staying      • Student Ambassador ProgramConnected     • Study Abroad Mentors              • Global Re...
Student Ambassador Program• 19 students selected for pilot program• All students approved by their home campus  and their ...
Student Ambassador ProgramBenefits for Student• Stay connected with SIT and their   host community• Passing along their ex...
Student Ambassador ProgramInternational Research Sampler• Proposed by CU Boulder   Ambassador Annie Brashear• Opportunity ...
Global Reciprocity Fund• Opportunity for alumni to support local initiatives in  their host country that benefit marginali...
Global Reciprocity FundCurrent Projects for Funding:Kids’ Books Bolivia•   Production of bilingual children’s books writte...
Global Reciprocity FundKids’ Books Bolivia• Created in 2008• A series of bilingual children’s  books researched and writte...
All of the books in this series are bilingual (Spanish and English) and some aretrilingual in one of Bolivia’s 36 indigeno...
Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship• A living tribute to Alice Rowan Swanson, an  SIT: Nicaragua 2006 alumna• Awards of up to $...
Alice Rowan Swanson FellowshipSalome Vanwoerden• Rice University alumna• Psychology and visual arts major• Nepal: Developm...
• UNSW & Study Abroad - Friends and US  Alumni Inc, is a 501(C) (3) organization
Range of activities for UNSW graduates based in the US including: – Events for alumni and            – Opportunities to do...
• Giving options:   – General Scholarships and     Fellowships   – Study Abroad     Scholarship Fund   – The US/Aust Schol...
• Alumni Events:  – How are they beneficial to fundraising?     • Nurtures connection to the University     • Informs alum...
• Challenges:   – Communication between Study     Abroad Office and Foundation     Office   – Unified support from all    ...
• Ways we’ve been                     • Things we hope to do in the  successful:                           future:   – Joi...
The   Perspective
After study abroad…at UTThree years ago…1. StüfSA2. Planet Longhorn
After study abroad…at UTNow…StAMP:StudyAbroadMentorProgram    - Currently defunct    - Purely social
ProgrammingOne year ago: The Pizza Party conceptNow:
Shameless Plug
The future      Expanding partnershipsMore programming which is career-focused             ???
The UQ PerspectiveUQ North America Office:  – Collaboration between UQ    International and UQ    Advancement Office  – Pu...
External communication with alumni
Internal Communication about alumni International Alumni Steering            UQ Alumni Committee – Meet four times a year ...
Discussion Themes:          Alumni EngagementALL: Identifying your alumniGroup 1: Marketing and recruitmentGroup 2: Fundra...
ALL: Identifying your alumni• Who are your ‘alumni’? (exchange students,  short term study abroad, faculty led,  internati...
GROUP 1: Marketing and Recruitment ?s1. How can education abroad offices effectively utilize   alumni to promote study abr...
GROUP 2: Fundraising questions1. Who has successfully raised money for education   abroad through alumni engagement? How h...
GROUP 3: Communications questions1. How are you communicating with your alumni right   now? How would you like to communic...
GROUP 4: Careers & Networking ?s1. How can education abroad offices use alumni to   mentor, network and engage with recent...
Contact DetailsBlake HartUniversity Relations Manager (Southwest Region), SIT Study Abroadblake.hart@sit.eduAshley Waggene...
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Making the case for alumni engagement in education abroad

  1. 1. Making the Case for AlumniEngagement in Education Abroad Blake Hart, SIT Study Abroad Ashley Waggener, University of New South Wales Rhonda Waller, University of Texas – Austin Jen Nielsen, University of Queensland
  2. 2. Why alumni engagement?• Why is alumni engagement important?• What are you hoping to get out of this session?
  3. 3. Engaging SIT Alumni Staying • Student Ambassador ProgramConnected • Study Abroad Mentors • Global Reciprocity FundGiving Back • Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship Going • EIL Group Leaders Beyond • Human Development Conference
  4. 4. Student Ambassador Program• 19 students selected for pilot program• All students approved by their home campus and their SIT Academic Director• Commitment of one academic year• Engage in at least 6 events/programs at their home campus• 2 days of training at Brattleboro, VT campus• $200 stipend
  5. 5. Student Ambassador ProgramBenefits for Student• Stay connected with SIT and their host community• Passing along their experience and knowledge to other students• Gain professional skills (event planning, budgeting, networking, etc.)• Resume buildingBenefits for Home Campus• Ambassadors collaborate with study abroad office on all programming 2012-2013 Student Ambassadors• General study abroad outreach and promotion Training in Brattleboro, Vermont• Students compensated by SITBenefits for SIT• Student trained on how to talk about SIT and their experience• Dedicated student to help with fairs, info tables, info sessions, etc.• Gain knowledge of campus culture
  6. 6. Student Ambassador ProgramInternational Research Sampler• Proposed by CU Boulder Ambassador Annie Brashear• Opportunity for CU students to present their research completed abroad• 8 students participated• Faculty, staff, students, and family members attended• Becoming an annual event on campus
  7. 7. Global Reciprocity Fund• Opportunity for alumni to support local initiatives in their host country that benefit marginalized communities and change lives• Alumni propose a project to the Academic Director of their program for SIT’s and the local community’s approval• Alumni create a personal fundraising page for their project on the SIT website• All money raised by the alumni is received by SIT Study Abroad and transferred to the Academic Director in the host country to apply to the project
  8. 8. Global Reciprocity FundCurrent Projects for Funding:Kids’ Books Bolivia• Production of bilingual children’s books written by SIT Study Abroad studentsFew For Change• Provide financial assistance to high-achieving middle and high school students in Panama who would not otherwise be able to continue their studiesHazo Kily• Provide funds to repair schools, purchase school supplies, and offer scholarships to students in Southern MadagascarShirazi Community Health Clinic• Help bring affordable and accessible healthcare to an underserved population in Kenya
  9. 9. Global Reciprocity FundKids’ Books Bolivia• Created in 2008• A series of bilingual children’s books researched and written by SIT Study Abroad students• Books serve to celebrate Bolivian reality and raise awareness about Bolivia’s rich cultures and pressing social issues. Laura Sprinkle, Gettysburg College Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change• All funds are used to subsidize the production of low-cost books, book donations, and workshops in Bolivia• Books are donated to Bolivian children, schools, libraries, community organizations and literacy programs
  10. 10. All of the books in this series are bilingual (Spanish and English) and some aretrilingual in one of Bolivia’s 36 indigenous languages. The books are designed to celebrate Bolivia’s diversity and affirm the cultural identity of a people who hosted our authors with open arms.
  11. 11. Alice Rowan Swanson Fellowship• A living tribute to Alice Rowan Swanson, an SIT: Nicaragua 2006 alumna• Awards of up to $5,000 awarded twice annually• Returns SIT Study Abroad alums to their host countries to conduct development projects that benefit human rights
  12. 12. Alice Rowan Swanson FellowshipSalome Vanwoerden• Rice University alumna• Psychology and visual arts major• Nepal: Development and Social Change 2009 alumnaFellowship Project• Photography and art therapy class for mental health patients at the Maryknoll Mental Rehabilitation Center in Kathmandu• Project provided patients with easy to use 35mm cameras• Patients explored the creativity and independence “Just the act of creating something and getting feedback that comes with artistic expression really helped their self-esteem.” –Salome VanwoerdenCurrently• Organizing an exhibit to feature the patients’ photographs in galleries in the US• All proceeds from the exhibition will go directly to the Maryknoll Mental Rehabilitation Center
  13. 13. • UNSW & Study Abroad - Friends and US Alumni Inc, is a 501(C) (3) organization
  14. 14. Range of activities for UNSW graduates based in the US including: – Events for alumni and – Opportunities to donate friends throughout the to UNSW enhancing year students lives, building – University exchanges for on UNSW research staff and students efforts and supporting the Universitys goals – Guest lectureships by graduates and experts in their field
  15. 15. • Giving options: – General Scholarships and Fellowships – Study Abroad Scholarship Fund – The US/Aust Scholarship and Fellowship 


  16. 16. • Alumni Events: – How are they beneficial to fundraising? • Nurtures connection to the University • Informs alumni of current affairs/successes • Increases research and industry linkages • Networking between recent graduates and more established graduates • Promote future study at the University
  17. 17. • Challenges: – Communication between Study Abroad Office and Foundation Office – Unified support from all departments/levels – Maintaining current contact information – Hosting events in multiple cities
  18. 18. • Ways we’ve been • Things we hope to do in the successful: future: – Joint events with other - Start city chapters Australian Universities in the - Look at incorporating US community service into – Bringing in relevant speakers events – Outreach - Host more events specific to Study Abroad Alumni
  19. 19. The Perspective
  20. 20. After study abroad…at UTThree years ago…1. StüfSA2. Planet Longhorn
  21. 21. After study abroad…at UTNow…StAMP:StudyAbroadMentorProgram - Currently defunct - Purely social
  22. 22. ProgrammingOne year ago: The Pizza Party conceptNow:
  23. 23. Shameless Plug
  24. 24. The future Expanding partnershipsMore programming which is career-focused ???
  25. 25. The UQ PerspectiveUQ North America Office: – Collaboration between UQ International and UQ Advancement Office – Purpose: engagement with US and Canadian alumni, institutions, government, businesses
  26. 26. External communication with alumni
  27. 27. Internal Communication about alumni International Alumni Steering UQ Alumni Committee – Meet four times a year on Overseas campus , 17% – Drive the strategy for engaging with UQ’s overseas alumni In Australia, – Goal of creating stable and 83% sustainable alumni networks in strategic places around the world
  28. 28. Discussion Themes: Alumni EngagementALL: Identifying your alumniGroup 1: Marketing and recruitmentGroup 2: FundraisingGroup 3: CommunicationsGroup 4: Careers and networking
  29. 29. ALL: Identifying your alumni• Who are your ‘alumni’? (exchange students, short term study abroad, faculty led, international students, etc.)• How do you capture that data and ensure it’s up to date?• Ownership of alumni – who owns alumni engagement on your campus? Who manages it on an ongoing basis?
  30. 30. GROUP 1: Marketing and Recruitment ?s1. How can education abroad offices effectively utilize alumni to promote study abroad on their campuses?2. What types of activities can alumni undertake to assist education abroad offices?3. What type of incentives are effective/appropriate for alumni who assist in marketing and recruitment efforts?4. What are the obstacles and/or drawbacks to consider when recruiting alumni for marketing and recruiting efforts?
  31. 31. GROUP 2: Fundraising questions1. Who has successfully raised money for education abroad through alumni engagement? How have you done it?2. How can education abroad offices work with their advancement colleagues to raise money for international programs, scholarships, etc.?3. What are the benefits of starting a foundation? What are the challenges?
  32. 32. GROUP 3: Communications questions1. How are you communicating with your alumni right now? How would you like to communicate with them in future?2. What role does social media (Facebook groups, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) play in engaging with your alumni? What works best, and what doesn’t work?3. Who is responsible for communicating with alumni? If it’s more than one office, how do you coordinate those communications?4. Do you have any best-practice examples to communicate with your alumni?
  33. 33. GROUP 4: Careers & Networking ?s1. How can education abroad offices use alumni to mentor, network and engage with recent returnees?2. What platforms for engagement might exist, outside of the education abroad office (possibilities for collaboration)?3. Identifying Internships? /Future study (postgraduate) opportunities?
  34. 34. Contact DetailsBlake HartUniversity Relations Manager (Southwest Region), SIT Study Abroadblake.hart@sit.eduAshley WaggenerInternational Coordinator, North America, University of New South Walesa.waggener@unsw.edu.auRhonda WallerAdvising Team Leader, University of Texas- Austin International Officerwaller@austin.utexas.eduJen NielsenAssociate Director – Education (USA), University of Queenslandjen.nielsen@uq.edu.au

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