Association of American Colleges and Universities

Democracy’s Graduates: Reimagining Alumnihood

Posted on July 23, 2018

Diversity & Democracy, Spring 2018
Vol. 21, No. 2

Produced in partnership with the Kettering Foundation, this issue of Diversity & Democracy explores what alumni are saying about civic engagement in and after college and describes how higher education institutions are building relationships with their civic-minded former students. Contributors to this issue examine how alumni are actively engaging in the places where they live and work and helping to improve the undergraduate experience.

From the Editor: A New Vision of Alumnihood
By Emily Schuster, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Democracy’s Graduates: Reimagining Alumnihood
New Legacies for Alumnihood
By Julie Ellison, University of Michigan and Citizen Alum

Building It Forward at Community Colleges: Staying Connected to Alumni through Civic Engagement
By John J. Theis, Lone Star College–Kingwood

Showing Up: Transforming into a Civic Actor
By Linda S. Good, Lone Star College

“Fair Hope”: Places, Stories, and Education for Life with Alabama Towns
By Mark Wilson and Nan Fairley, Auburn University

Coming Full Circle: The Life Cycle of Living Democracy
By Marian Royston, Auburn University

Processing Trauma as an Activist Alumna: A Conversation with Mica Grimm
By Peter Erkkila, Community Organizer

The View from Alumni Relations: Creating a Culture of Giving and Engagement
By Nini Poore, University of Michigan

Research and Evaluation
Civic Identity and Agency after College: Alumni Voices from Three Academic Civic Engagement Programs
By Richard M. Battistoni, Providence College, and Tania D. Mitchell, University of Minnesota

Life Outside the Bubble: Reflections from Wake Forest University Alumni
By Jill J. McMillan, Katy J. Harriger, Christy M. Buchanan, and Stephanie K. Gusler, Wake Forest University

Campus Practice
The Legacy of an Anchor Institution: Reclaiming the University of Newark
By Quintus R. Jett, Rutgers University–Newark

Learning to Ask: College Experiences and the Public Work of Arts and Humanities Alumni
By LeeAnn Lands, Kristen Walker, and Christine DeBord, Kennesaw State University

The Ripple Effect: Returning Adult Students Learning with Alumni
By Danielle Hinrichs, Metropolitan State University

Curating Career Success for First-Generation College Alumni
By George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California

Diversity & Democracy supports higher education faculty and leaders as they design and implement programs that advance civic learning and democratic engagement, global learning, and experiences with diversity to prepare students for socially responsible action in today’s interdependent but unequal world.

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