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GW Alumni Association School Representative

The role of each school representative is to create greater awareness of alumni engagement opportunities within their respective school alumni communities.

One of the primary goals of The George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) is to enable lifelong engagement between alumni and the University. We seek to accomplish this by:

  • Offering GW graduates tangible opportunities for involvement in the life and livelihood of the University community, and
  • Fostering a two-way dialogue that communicates the accomplishments, aspirations and needs of the University to its graduates, and the achievements, interests and concerns of alumni to their alma mater.

School representatives play a critical role in achieving the above objectives.

School representatives are appointed to the GWAA Board of Directors in collaboration with deans, and development and alumni officers. Each school is allotted three representatives. School representatives serve a single three-year term, and are not eligible for a second term without at least a one-year hiatus from service.

Role of School Representatives

The role of each school representative is to create greater awareness of alumni engagement opportunities within their respective school alumni communities. Ideally, representatives will serve as primary intermediaries between the GWAA, the school alumni body, and the school student body who are future alumni. School representatives will:

  • Serve as a voice for school alumni when the GWAA Board convenes, offering input on the development of new University-wide alumni engagement initiatives
  • Facilitate dissemination of information regarding alumni programs, benefits and services made available through the Office of Alumni Relations to their school alumni communities
  • Represent the GW Alumni Association at special events for all alumni, as well as school-specific alumni programs

Responsibilities of School Representatives

The responsibilities of school representatives will vary from school to school, based on the strategic plans already in place for engaging school alumni. School representatives may be asked to serve various roles including but not limited to the following:

  • Presentation to School Advisory Council — School representatives may be asked to present the GWAA's goals and objectives to a school alumni association board, advisory board, and/or national council;
  • Communications to School Alumni — School representatives may be featured in school publications (e.g., a school alumni magazine or e-newsletter), sharing relevant alumni programs, as well as benefits and services offered by the office of alumni relations in collaboration with the GWAA;
  • Alumni Events — School representatives may be asked to make welcoming remarks at school-based alumni events and student-alumni programs;
  • School Convocation — School representatives may be asked to welcome new graduates to the alumni association. The address may coincide with the presentation of the GWAA Prize (a cash prize given annually by the GWAA to an outstanding graduate in each school, based on the school's recommendation);
  • School Administrative Meetings — School representatives may be asked to participate in periodic administrative meetings to ensure the alumni perspective is given a voice and considered in the decision making process.

School representatives are subject to the same requirements of all GWAA Board Members with respect to attendance and annual giving.

If you are interested in serving at an SMHS representative to the GWAA, please contact Lisa Harter at lwharter@gwu.edu or 202-994-0764.