The Alumnae Association encourages alumnae who are members of historically under-represented populations or who actively engage in communicating and/or gathering around a central unifying purpose, mission, background, or activity beyond class affiliation or regional proximity to form Affiliate Groups. Affiliate Groups should be established with the intent to work in partnership with the Alumnae Association and the College.
Principles of Affiliate Groups
- Encourage and enable Affiliates with a unique global perspective or focus area.
- Encourage and enable Affiliates serving under-represented groups.
- Encourage career networking and life experience networking.
- Encourage relationships and interdependence between alumnae and students and faculty/administration.
Shared Interest Groups
Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are more informal than Affiliate Groups. They do not have bylaws, officers, a treasury, or dues. They are simply groups of alums with a common interest and are open to all classes. SIGs interact primarily online, using Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media. They do not have formal events hosted by the AA, but occasionally organize and host “mini-reunions” on campus or in their local areas. In order to form a SIG, the following is required:
- Members must be alumnae of Mount Holyoke College (students are eligible, but only if the group wishes to admit students).
- At least one, and preferably two alumnae, act as coordinators or moderators of the group, and take responsibility for frequent updating, answering questions, and posting fresh content.
- New SIG groups must be approved by the Alumnae Association board of directors.
- SIGs can create Facebook and/or LinkedIn groups through the Alumnae Association’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages.