Role of Alumni Volunteer Leaders
The success of any alumni network is largely dependent upon volunteer leadership. Volunteers are expected to aid in the creation of a sustainable annual calendar of events. Events should be planned as far in advance as possible, keeping in mind timing relative to University events (January/February – Winterfest, April – Global Day of Service, October – Alumni Weekend). Even if you do not have all logistical information secured, preparing a generalized outline of the events your network wishes to hold that year will keep everyone on task and reduce stress for everyone.
In many cases, local volunteers are the “experts” in an area. Your eyes and ears are closest to the action, so please do share the latest trends and hot topics in your region or within your affinity with your staff liaison. If a new museum exhibit is slated to open, let us know so we can research possible faculty and alumni experts who could speak in conjunction with a museum tour. Do you have a connection to a space that could serve as a venue for an alumni panel? The partnership between volunteers and the Alumni Relations staff is symbiotic— only together can we create a dynamic BU alumni community around the world.
Considerations as you create your calendar of events:
- What are the goals and objectives of each event?
- Who is your target audience for each event?
- Does each event appeal to a critical mass?
- Can each event be used to reach out to new groups?
- How do these events support the mission of the BUAA?
- What is the “BU-ness” in each event? How do the events or programs help sustain the mission and strategic plan of Boston University?
Remember, a single program cannot be all things to all people. Consult with your liaison in the Office of Alumni Relations on additional programming ideas and types of events that specific age groups and affinities are most likely to attend and the demographics in your area.