An integral part of student life, alumni return throughout the year as guest instructors, special topic panelists, and student competition judges. Less formally, they drop by to reconnect with favorite teachers, revisit favorite places on campus, and reminisce while browsing the new archives.
Athenian cultivates personal connections between alumni and students by facilitating off-campus internships and making introductions. Students may utilize the Advancement team to locate alumni with special topic knowledge and to provide college or career advice.
In addition to organizing group experiences and events worldwide, and helping to promote grassroots events like The Athenian Supper Club, the Advancement team furnishes personal alumni-to-alumni introductions upon request, and when we believe certain alumni might benefit from knowing one another.
In addition to more than a dozen alumni who serve on the Board of Trustees and its sub-committees, the Alumni Council functions as a task force that meets monthly in support of key priorities. Their decades-long connection to Athenian helps ensure that we receive input not just from current stakeholders, but from the greater Athenian community.
Alumni gifts to the Athenian Annual Fund are integral to offering unforgettable learning experiences. A culture of giving supports our ability to retain outstanding teachers, maintain small class sizes, and offer extraordinary programs such as March Term and AWE.
The Athenian community also rallies to support alumni endeavors on an ad hoc basis. Students have put in volunteer hours and held bake sales and other fundraisers in support of community needs brought to us by our alumni.
Co-Founder of Stop AAPI Hate and SF State Professor of Asian-American Studies Russell Jeung, PhD and Krysty Shen, Youth Campaign Manager of Stop AAPI Hate, will present to Athenian in our first Community Education Series about alarming reports of crimes committed against Asian Americans in 2020 and 2021, and address how we can all – students, parents, community members -- come together to bring justice to perpetrators and support AAPI communities.
Athenian alumni recognize the impact that Athenian had on how they navigate the world.
Ian Truebridge '12
I would say that Athenian allows and encourages thinking 'outside of the box,' which is helpful in science and problem solving. Athenian fosters creativity and challenges students to improve and think in new ways.
Kaitlin D'Arienzo (Plunkett) ‘11
Athenian’s community is so unique that almost ten years after graduation, we still reach out to each other with kindness and genuine interest. We have always been strong through both celebrations of success and through challenges. I’m so grateful to have the Athenian community in my life.
Musadiq Bidar '10
Athenian exposed me to issues, and to different people in the world, and compelled me to think about how those people were impacted by things. It’s important to me to use my voice to tell other people’s stories.
Aaron Weinmann ‘15
To be an Athenian means that one has the ability to approach any situation, whether it be academic, social, or personal and look at the dilemma from all angles, weigh options and thoughts of others, and make a decision that may not be the best for them, but the best for the world around them.
Simone Batiste '15
My time at Athenian truly taught me about global citizenship and examining life beyond one's familiar surroundings…. I’ve run into two Athenian alums since moving to New York, which was such a treat!
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Alumni Relations Staff
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Kim Webb Palacios
Associate Director of Advancement, Alumni Giving & Engagement