Affinity Group Programming

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CASE Student Programs and Young Alumni Conference
November 28 & 29, Denver, Colorado
Day 2: Affinity Group Programming
Presenters: Jeremy Wingerter and Chad Harris

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Affinity Group Programming

  1. 1. Affinity Group Programming: The New Millennial Reunions? CASE Student Programs and Young Alumni Conference November 28 & 29, 2006 Denver, Colorado Jeremy Wingerter, Northwestern University Chad Harris, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  2. 2. What is an affinity group? <ul><li>Individuals who share a common experience as a student </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to stay in touch after they’ve left campus </li></ul><ul><li>Organized around a campus student group, a residence hall, a Greek chapter, an extracurricular club or a special interest group. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why consider affinity groups? <ul><li>Trends in higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the diversity and interests of alumni </li></ul><ul><li>Create unique student/alumni interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Transcend class years </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with campus partners </li></ul><ul><li>Channel to engage students </li></ul><ul><li>Value in expanding the alumni profile </li></ul>
  4. 4. Types and Purpose <ul><li>Alumni Societies </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs/Student Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Traditions </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity and Multicultural </li></ul>
  5. 5. Structure <ul><li>Similar to a geographic club </li></ul><ul><li>Consider some minimum standards before chartering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of identifiable alumni </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary contact/leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed goals/mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to meet annual expectations/requirements </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Types of Programming <ul><li>Student/Alumni Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Career-Focused Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Reunion Events </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>New Student Welcome Events </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Send-Offs </li></ul><ul><li>Communications (Web, E-News, Newsletters, etc.) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Geographic Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Data Management </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Time Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Competition With Other Alumni Events </li></ul><ul><li>Continuity and Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Management of Volunteers </li></ul>
  8. 8. Open Discussion <ul><li>What’s happening on your campuses? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges you’ve faced? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hurdles to manage? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success stories? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Model structure, organization and guidelines? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Contact Information <ul><li>Jeremy Wingerter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant Director, Young Alumni </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwestern Alumni Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwestern University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>j-wingerter@northwestern.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(847) 467-4324 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chad Harris </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of Campus Relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisconsin Alumni Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wisconsin–Madison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>608-347-2332 </li></ul></ul>

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