Alumni Board Committees

Per its 2012 - 2015 Strategic Initiatives plan, the Alumni Board has developed the following committees to tackle specific tasks. Alumni of all ages, experience, and interests are needed to help organize and execute these goals. Each committee is staffed by a Board member, and is comprised of Board and non-Board members alike; all committees are open for participation. Interested alumni should contact the Office of Alumni Relations (562.907.4222 or alumni@whittier.edu) for more information.
 

Alumni Affinities Development Committee
GOALS: To identify and conduct outreach to existing alumni affinity networks, cultivate (or assist in the cultivation of) “new” networks, and to begin establishing lines of communication among the respective leaderships, in order to ensure adequate representation to the Alumni Board. Additionally, to strategize areas of development or concern, particularly as relates to other Association initiatives, potential synchronicity, or “missed” opportunities. Affinity groups  include (but are not limited to): Alianza de Los Amigos; Purple & Gold Club; Societies; Black Student Union; Hawaiian Islanders Club; AOKP; etc.

Alumni Professionals Networking Committee
GOALS: To identify and build alumni communities based on professional affinities; encourage and support related activities and avenues for engagement that will be self-sustaining; and to augment and support the current, related College initiatives via program audits, recommendations for improvement, recruitment of alumni-to-alumni and alumni-to-student career mentors, and contributions to related event or program development. Participate in the 2013 Whittier Weekend networking program, and pair with Student Alumni Board members, whose focus will be on career networking/development for 2013-2014.

Regional Chapter Development
GOALS: To establish, using a uniform model of annual programming and volunteer leadership succession, new chapter programs in identified, targeted areas, and ensure open lines of communication within the territory and between regional boards. Currently, there are 15 alumni chapters in operation: Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, Hawaii (Oahu & Maui), Atlanta, New York City, New England/Boston, Washington, D.C., United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.

Volunteer Recruitment & Development Committee
GOALS: To successfully build the alumni volunteer community via identification and engagement of “new” members (those not previously connected to the College in a meaningful way); to reinvigorate the current volunteer corps via clearer mentorship/paths to leadership positions; to establish volunteer recruitment and assessment procedures; and to recommend/execute appropriate vehicle(s) for volunteer appreciation. Support and participate in major Whittier College events, including Whittier Weekend.

Young Alumni Engagement Committee
GOALS: To foster strong bonds between recent alumni and Whittier College and to carry out “recruitment” of new alumni through opportunities for social and career networking, philanthropic activities that echo the mission of Whittier College, and communicating the importance of “giving back” to the College via financial and other means.

Communication & Outreach Committee
GOALS: To foster and expand alumni knowledge about College programs, initiatives, and activities, particularly as relates to opportunities for alumni participation/engagement; to actively solicit alumni feedback; and to augment and support the College’s overall alumni communication program via vehicle and message audits, analysis, and key recommendations for improvement and new opportunities.

Fundraising Initiatives Committee
GOALS: To assist in the promotion of Whittier College’s fundraising opportunities via peer-to-peer networks; assess fundraising messages and vehicles and make recommendations for modifications/improvement that will resonate with alumni networks; analyze existing College campaigns/activities (from constituent side) and compare to other successful education or nonprofit efforts; actively support,  participate in, recruit for, and serve as ambassadors for various College fundraising program activities.

Communication & Outreach Committee
GOALS: To foster and expand alumni knowledge about College programs, initiatives, and activities, particularly as relates to opportunities for alumni participation/engagement; to actively solicit alumni feedback; and to augment and support the College’s overall alumni communication program via vehicle and message audits, analysis, and key recommendations for improvement and new opportunities.

Special Events & Service Committee
GOALS: To assist in the planning, promotion, and execution of special alumni events – this includes Whittier Weekend, Worldwide Poets Day of Service, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, and more!