What can 180,000 Anteaters do for you?
As of Jan. 1, 2017, UCI has 180,270 living alumni, of which 170,000 earned degrees. The alumni team of staff and volunteers is charged with drastically increasing their engagement with this amazing university. And I’m lucky enough to get to lead this effort.
With honor comes responsibility. Recognized by The New York Times as the top university in America for service to low-income/high-achieving students, UCI has a unique mandate to do all it can to ensure that its students are able to enter the careers and life pursuits they seek upon graduation. With a prime location in one of the world’s hottest economies and more than 170,000 alumni in the workforce, UCI is uniquely positioned to support its graduates. But we have to get them engaged so they will want to help.
Our strategy is simple, and it’s grounded in a new direction for UCI whereby we are committed to investing in the lives and careers of our alumni. If we do that, they will give of their time, talent and treasure. And if we ensure that they have a great experience when they do engage, they will give more of their time, talent and treasure.
Goal 3.2 in the UCI strategic plan calls for the creation of an “Anteater for Life” ethos. To make this happen, our approach is threefold:
- Create a culture of engagement so that students meet alumni when they’re considering coming to UCI, are welcomed by an alumnus at the New Student Convocation, and receive value from alumni throughout their education via mentorships, internships and alumni guest speakers in classrooms.
- Engage alumni as bridges to the community locally, nationally and globally. Engaged alumni open doors for UCI in the communities where they live, work and play. They can also open doors at UCI for their communities, friends and corporations to engage with UCI in myriad ways.
- Support the careers of our alumni. With so many first-generation students at UCI, we must provide robust career support to ensure that they get the jobs they deserve and subsequently thrive in those jobs. Alumni can help.
To support our strategy, we are working tirelessly to produce opportunities to engage alumni and students. Here are just a few examples of what we offer:
- Major engagement events such as Homecoming, Lauds & Laurels, the Care-a-thon and more
- 26 alumni chapters around the globe, each producing local events throughout the year in conjunction with the UCI Alumni Association
- Alumni-to-student mentoring (and soon there will be an app to support this program)
- In-person and online career fairs, including young alumni networking events and career advice talks
- Our new Speakers Hub, bringing alumni who are experts in their fields to UCI classrooms
- Organized volunteer opportunities
- Networking events bringing alumni and community members together to solve problems great and small
- And much, much more!
Remember: Whether you are an alum or not, you are an Anteater, and we’d love to have you join us at any or all of our events. It’s truly a chance to be part of something great. You can officially become a member of UCIAA or simply participate and find your niche. There are some excellent opportunities to connect coming up soon, and we’d love to see you there.
- Homecoming – this year’s biggest “Party in the Park” – will take place from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, followed by a night market and live-streaming of the men’s basketball game against Cal State Northridge under the stars in Aldrich Park until 9:30 p.m.
- Lauds & Laurels – themed “The Distinguished Anteater Dining Society” this year – will honor our best and brightest alumni from 6-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at a secret location on campus, complete with food and wine pairings and inspiring stories.
There are always ways for Anteaters to get involved through the Alumni Association. If you’d like to learn more about how we serve our alumni and students, please don’t hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any member of my team (email@example.com).
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Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni Relations
CEO, UCI Alumni Association