Members of the Afro-Latino Alumni and Alumnae Association (ALAA) will host a gathering, full of events for students and alums that they hope will foster the connection between members of the growing ALAA community. The events will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.
Formed in 1999 by a group of HWS alums, ALAA seeks to assist students of color on campus. The group works to promote the interests of HWS and its Afro-Latino Alumni and Alumnae in order to strengthen relationships. ALAA also encourages alumni and alumnae of color to get involved in the Colleges through activities and events.
Friday evening, all HWS students are invited to attend a social mixer at 7 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom. The gathering will provide the opportunity to bring together students and alums in a fun and informal manner. A highlight of the weekend, the mixer will also feature food from Geneva restaurant The Leaf Kitchen – owned by HWS alums Tatiana Bruno ’05 and Jack Woolfrey ’07.
“This mixer is a great way to show the connection that ALAA has as a community,” explains Renata Scott ’80, board member and co-chair of the Reclamation Committee. “We want to bridge any gaps that exist between students and alums. The undergrads need to know that that ALAA is there for them. “
Saturday morning, attendees are also invited to attend a Post-Graduation Symposium from 10 a.m. to noon in Stern Hall. The symposium will feature a variety of alum speakers, discussing a multitude of careers including business, law and non-profit work. Others will speak on graduate school and volunteering options available to graduates. Students will also be able to choose break-out sessions, providing them with more one-on-one time for questions and answers.
In the afternoon, ALAA members are invited to meet on the Quad at noon for lunch, where an address will be given by President Mark D. Gearan, outlining the State of the Colleges.
The evening will bring with it another opportunity for camaraderie with an Alum Social Gather at Eddie O’Brien’s at 11 p.m. All are invited to sing, eat and mingle.
The following morning, ALAA members will meet for a 9 a.m. on-campus board meeting before departing.
“This event is special,” says Scott, who notes that often ALAA events coincide with larger happenings on campus. “This time, it is just our event, providing us with more time to interact with the students and focus on ALAA.”
Those who wish to attend the weekend of events, can do so by registering at www.hwsalumni.com/alaa2011.
The photo above was taken of ALAA following the 2011 Commencement.