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Vermont Quarterly

New ways to connect

ALUMNI CONNECTION /
UVM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

New ways to connect

To offer alumni of shared interests and common bonds a way to connect on meaningful levels, the UVM Alumni Association and the University of Vermont Foundation recently launched the UVM Alumni Affinity Program. 

“Our research shows that UVM alumni have gathered around special interests for many years on an ad hoc and informal basis,” says Anuradha Yadav ’96, chair of the UVM Alumni Affinity Program Committee and a member of the UVM Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“Often these gatherings were driven by key milestones, such as anniversaries, or by special events important to the community,” adds Alan Ryea, associate vice president of alumni relations. “The UVM Alumni Affinity Program is designed to further cultivate and engage these communities beyond a single event or activity.” 

Some examples of affinity groups may include

•    Student activity involvement (Outing Club, student leaders, the Cynic, WRUV)
•    Professional/career affiliation (environmental, legal, entrepreneurs, educators)
•    Identity-based groups (ALANA, Greek, Hillel, LGBT)
•    Regional programs (Chicago, San Francisco, Florida, Philadelphia, Minneapolis)


WHERE TO BEGIN?


Check if a group exists by reviewing the current list at alumni.uvm.edu/affinity. If no group exists, alumni can

1. Contact the alumni office.
2. Submit an application form.
3. Obtain approval (applications are reviewed and approved by the UVM Alumni Affinity Program Committee in September, January and April).
4. Sign up for an orientation.

More info: alumni.uvm.edu/affinity

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