MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Engaging Alumni of Color
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Equity & Inclusion Exemplars: Programs, Models, Best Practices, Promising Next Practices
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Michelle Palmer, Alumni Diversity Manager, Germantown Friends School
Diane Mallery, Engagement Team Leader, Dunleavy & Associates
Germantown Friends School recognizes our alumni of color as brilliant and creative members of our community. The Alumni of Color Initiative supports the school's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this workshop you will learn how to develop overall strategies for Alumni of Color within the school's list of priorities, plan and organize events for Alumni of Color, build a mentorship program and find creative ways to engage Alumni of Color into the life of your school.
There is a long tradition of many Alumni of Color leaving independent and private schools after graduation and never returning. Why have so many never returned to their former institutions? GFS decided to tackle this question directly. Alumni of Color need to believe that they matter after they graduate and know that they are integral members of the community.The GFS Office of Advancement has been working on this problem for three years. We want to share the success & struggles that we have had over the past year Re-engaging Alumni of Color.
Participants will 1) Develop overall strategies for engaging Alumni of Color; 2) Learn how to create a Mentoring Network for Current Students; 3) Learn how to navigate your community when there is resistance; 4) Learn how to build a program, plan and organize events.
is a new presenter in the field of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. She recently presented at the 2018 CASE Conference in Philadelphia. She has also trained as a Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator for the past year and was recently accepted to the New Leaders Week for the National Seed Project. She will begin leading her own Seed classes in the Fall of 2019 at GFS. Michelle Palmer has worked in Independent schools for over 15 years in various capacities.
, Engagement Team Leader at Dunleavy & Associates, has 16 years of development experience at the independent school and college level, and 13 years of investment and retirement planning experience at Merrill Lynch. She has achieved successful results in all aspects of fundraising and engagement. Prior to joining Dunleavy & Associates, Diane served as a Director of Alumni Relations at Germantown Friends School. She also worked at The Haverford School, William Penn Charter School, Germantown Academy, Haverford College and Bucknell University.
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