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AVID Alumni Association


Annual AVID Alumni Liaison Training


August 2016


2016 AVID Alumni training participants

Fourteen AVID Alumni Liaisons from nine colleges and universities convened in San Diego August 5–7, 2016, for the third annual alumni training sessions. The sessions were designed to advance support for the alumni campus leaders to carry out their goals of college persistence, prosperous college launch, smooth transition to college, and alumni connections with AVID sites.

The training sessions were facilitated by Dr. Barbara Smith, with consultants Joyce Suber and Cynthia Arellano (AVID alum and current AVID teacher). Additional facilitators were Rob Gira, Executive Vice President, and Dr. Tim Bias.

A key area of focus for alums this year has been to make an “enduring contribution” by participating in showcases, tutorial support, and onsite college and school presentations.

"This day was not only highly productive, but entertaining," said Arellano. "Alumni were assigned a grade level and a strategy for being an ambassador, such as outreach, showcase, or campus tour. They had to develop an outlet to engage, inspire, and inform."


AVID Program Manager Tim Bias works with UCLA
Alumni Liaisons Gabriel Urreola and Daniel Juarez.

Colleges and universities featuring the AVID alumni association include the Atlanta Colleges (Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark), UT Austin, UCLA, UCSD, SDSU, UCSB, and CSU San Marcos. Support for AVID graduates on those campuses includes a welcoming “mixer” with association members, seminars on financial aid and campus navigation, internships, and connections to key campus leaders. AVID alumni are encouraged to become AVID tutors and to serve the community as guest speakers and participants in AVID showcases.

This year, AVID program managers and partner engagement managers were surveyed regarding the value of the Alumni Association. Overall, their responses indicated that they valued the work of the Alumni Association and that their clients valued the work as well.

"Meeting with the alumni to hear their purpose and goals was very beneficial to my work," said Partner Engagement Manager Jamie Lomax. "As a result, we were able to acquire more tutors for schools, set up partnerships and internships with local business leaders for current AVID students, alumni students and schools."

"Additionally, we were able to utilize the alumni group for motivational events like AVID Night with the Atlanta Hawks (via college fair)," Lomax said. "Through the work of the alumni group, we were also able to bring our DDs together and engage with local college and university personnel."

For a copy of the complete training agenda, along with a database of liaisons, please contact Dr. Barbara Smith at [email protected].