Associated Students of Pomona College

Student Alumni Engagement Resolution

Resolution:​Student­Alumni Engagement

Author(s):​Anna Blachman ‘16, Lazaros Chalkias ‘16, Alice Timken ‘16, Sam Crawford ‘16,

Aidan Orly ‘16, Stacey Abrams ‘16, Christina Tong ‘17, Jaya Jivika Rajani ‘17, Benjamin

Higgs ‘18

Passed by the Associated Students of Pomona College

February 1, 2016

WHEREAS our campus anchors a worldwide Pomona network, and students are the future of

this Sagehen network; AND

WHEREAS there is strong precedent for student involvement in setting the strategic

directions of the College;

WHEREAS the rate of alumni giving has declined, and alumni have limited options for

supporting the College and students through avenues that receive institution­wide

recognition and support; AND

WHEREAS Pomona’s peer institutions prioritize access to their alumni community through

student­oriented programming and an alumni database;

WHEREAS Pomona faculty often independently undertake responsibility for maintaining

accessible pathways for students and alumni to the best of their limited capacity; AND

WHEREAS the Career Development Office provides intentional opportunities for

student­alumni engagement in the context of career development despite inadequate access

to key information regarding the current state of the greater Pomona community; AND

WHEREAS the Pomona Advancement Division is taking new steps to re­engage the alumni

constituency without actively engaging students in the development of programs most

critical to younger alumni; AND

WHEREAS the Alumni Association has identified reconnecting to the campus and standing

closer to campus community, especially during times of distress, as top priorities of its

members; AND

WHEREAS Pomona College students are charged with responsibly representing the College

to the world and should be trusted to use accessible alumni information respectfully and

with discretion;

[ ][ ] 1 2 AND

[ ] 3 AND

1 Examples include but are not limited to: Student Affairs Committee, Faculty Governance,

Student Members of Trustee Committees, President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity

(PACD), etc.

2 Trustee­Student Task Force on Campus Community Communication (or Student­Trustee

Communication) Final Report (February 2012).

3 Colleges and Universities including but not limited to: Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore,

Davidson, Smith, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) supports

the Student­Alumni Engagement Initiative to create the institutional space required for long

term, meaningful alumni­student engagement;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC welcomes the incorporation of programming aimed at

promoting student­alumni interaction during Alumni Weekend;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC urges the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement to

provide and prioritize opportunities for student engagement with the alumni office;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC calls for the creation of a robust online, searchable

alumni directory, available to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC charges the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement

alongside the Career Development Office with expanding and institutionalizing Alumni and

Parent involvement in Career Development and Lifelong Learning;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC encourages Faculty, Student Affairs, and the

Advancement Divisions to draw on their strengths and jointly work in good faith with all

College constituencies to achieve these goals;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASPC calls on the Advancement Division to join all other

stakeholders in facilitating opportunities for students and alumni to develop long­lasting and

substantial relationships.


4 The Student­Alumni Engagement Initiative was created in October 2015 aiming to create

accessible and transparent alumni networks and build community across all Sagehens. The

board, lead by co­founders Anna Blachman ‘16 and Lazaros Chalkias ‘16, has been

advocating for the strengthening of existing programing and development of the

student­alumni engagement charge on campus. The Initiative envisions the College as a

leader in facilitating opportunities for all Sagehens to develop long­lasting and substantial

relationships and works toward that vision.

Board Members: Stacey Abrams ‘16, Anna Blachman ‘16, Montez Brownlee ‘16, Lazaros

Chalkias ‘16, Sam Crawford ‘16, Jamila Espinosa ‘16, Leo Estrada ‘16, Benjamin Higgs ‘18,

Aidan Orly ‘16, Jaya Jivika Rajani ‘17, Sergio Rodriguez ‘16, Avi Sheldon ‘16, Alice Timken

‘16, Christina Tong ‘17