The TC Alumni Relations team and the 2019-2020 Alumni Council are thrilled to introduce a fully redesigned alumni volunteer program! Whether you are looking to engage with fellow alumni or connect with students, the Alumni Association has just the volunteer opportunity for you. Teachers College could not achieve its mission without the support of our dedicated alumni community, and we look forward to working closely with you to reach our goals! The Alumni Association has four standing Committees; each is led by a pair of Committee Co-Chairs in partnership with Alumni Relations. Click on the committee names below to read about their objectives and available opportunities. When you find an opportunity that interests you, complete the Alumni Volunteer Interest Form to apply.
The purpose of the Alumni Experience (AX) Committee is to engage TC Alumni by connecting them back to the College and building a culture, community and camaraderie throughout the Alumni Association. This committee will serve as front-line representatives helping Alumni Relations to establish, sustain and promote lifelong engagement with alumni through various endeavors, including speaking engagements or career development programs, volunteering at events such as Academic Festival, Convocation, as well as professional networking and service opportunities.
We love showcasing our talented TC alumni! Help us identify and vet potential speakers for TC virtual and/or in-person events.
Want to help Teachers College or other fellow TC alumni? Help us identify and vet service opportunities worldwide.
Live in/near the NYC area? Join us for our annual homecoming event, Academic Festival, or be a part of the Alumni procession during Convocation!
Volunteer Experience & Cultivation
We would be nothing without our volunteers! Help us brainstorm ways we can inspire and motivate fellow volunteers to ensure an engaging and beneficial volunteer experience.
TC Spirit Research & Development
Who doesn’t love swag? Help us determine what TC Alumni branded swag item will be offered either in our TC store or as a giveaway!
The purpose of the Communications Committee is to be the voice that amplifies TC’s mission, shares the impact of TC alumni and promotes alumni benefits. Committee members will support this purpose by engaging with and creating their own TC social media content and by providing feedback on the Alumni Communications Calendar. Find more information about posting guidelines and etiquette here.
Social Media Ambassador
Want to help us enrich TC's social media content? As a Social Media Ambassador, we ask that you engage with TC content and create your own! Share TC memories, initiatives, events, alumni benefits, and other content that resonates with you.
What news matters to you and your fellow TC Alumni? Let us know by providing feedback on an array of digital communications, so we can make sure we are delivering the most relevant news to the TC community.
Provide feedback on an array of digital communications, so we can make sure we are delivering the most relevant news to the TC community.
The purpose of the Young Alumni and Student Engagement Committee is to engage young and recent alumni, as well as prospective and current students, to encourage participation in alumni events and foster seamless transitions throughout the alumni lifecycle. Volunteers in this committee will have the opportunity to connect directly with alumni, current and prospective students in various roles including serving as an Alumni Admissions Ambassador or Event Volunteer. All roles will inform strategies, events, programs and opportunities we offer to this subset of alumni and future alumni.
Admissions Alumni Ambassador*
Want to help TC recruit the best and brightest students? Are you a TC alum interested in volunteering with the Office of Admission? There are many opportunities for you to get involved and spread the TC love to prospective and admitted students! Volunteer activities could include:
Complete the Alumni Ambassador Interest Form to select the volunteer opportunities that interest you.
Do you live near NYC and want to connect with current students? Help us develop strong relationships with current students so we can better serve alumni when they graduate!
Work with Alumni Relations and campus partners to develop a lasting bond with current students and recent graduates. Opportunities could include:
Serve in a Host Capacity for Recent Grad or Young Alumni Events
Student Research Poster Session Volunteers
Do you want to participate in TC’s marque homecoming event? There are a variety of ways to get involved with students and learn about their interesting research projects!
Work with Alumni Relations and Student Senate to produce the annual Student Research Poster Session, which takes place during our signature homecoming event, Academic Festival. Opportunities to assist with the Student Research Poster Session include:
*Roles Requires Additional Vetting or Application Process
The purpose of the Regional and Affinity Groups Committee is to engage and create community among TC alumni through geographic- and affinity-based connections. Opportunities involve developing a local alumni Regional Group, serving as an Alumni Area Network (AAN) Representative in your city or country, or creating or leading an Affinity Group.
Alumni Area Network (AAN) Representative
Are you living in a region that does not have a Regional Group or Alumni Area Network Rep in place? Do you want to help us grow an active alumni network in your area?
The AAN Representatives are based in geographic regions where TC alumni live and work, but where we have not yet established Regional Groups. The AAN provides a much-needed link between our alumni and the College.
AAN reps would:
Looking to start or grow a regional group in your city? Do you want to lead that effort as a Regional Co-Leader or Communication Manager?
Regional Groups are led by a team of alumni volunteer leaders who have been invited to serve in a specialized role based on previous involvement or experience, completed the application process, and thereby appointed and trained in the specialized role. Regional Group Leaders will automatically be members of the Regional & Affinity Groups Committee of the Alumni Association, and as such will have access to Committee meetings, as well as a cohort of other Regional Group Leaders with whom to share best practices. The purpose of Regional Groups is to foster ties to Teachers College as well as among and between alumni in geographical regions where a critical mass of alumni reside. If you’re interested in learning more, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The positions for regional groups include:
Two Co-Leaders will share the roles and responsibilities of leading the local Regional Group efforts which will include:
Looking to start or grow an affinity group in your city or country? Do you want to lead that effort as an Affinity Co-Leader or Communication Manager?
Two Co-Leaders will share the roles and responsibilities of leading an Affinity Group efforts which will include:
Legislative Advocacy Network (LAN)
Are you interested in the civic process? Do you want to use your voice to help shape policy? Be a voice for Teachers College!
Alumni interested in advocacy work, especially with issues revolving around education policy, immigration, budget, student loans, etc will be supporting the work of the Legislative Advocacy Network (LAN), which is managed by TC’s Government Relations department. We ask members to:
*Roles Requires Additional Vetting or Application Process
Before applying to one of the above committees, we recommend reviewing the organizational chart and eligibility requirements below.
To be eligible to participate in the Alumni Association, an individual must:
Alumni Association Committees
Each committee has a specific purpose with defined participation roles; some committees engage volunteers in Specialized Roles. To learn more about the various ways to participate in a committee, read the descriptions of each committee linked above.
Any alumnus/a of Teachers College, in good standing, may apply to join one or more of the Alumni Association Committees. Applications will be reviewed and appointments will be based on available seats per the Committee Charters.
To be eligible to serve in a Specialized Role, an alum must:
The Alumni Council
Alumni can be elected by their peers to serve on the Alumni Council as either Co-Chairs of an Alumni Association Committee or Officers (Secretary, President-Elect)
To be eligible for the Alumni Council, an alum must:
To be a Co-Chair, a candidate must:
To be Council Secretary, a candidate must
To be Council President-Elect, and ultimately, President a candidate must
In addition to the Alumni Association Committees described above, we also have opportunities for alumni to be event speakers and/or donate services in kind (such as venue space, photography, or other services). Click the "Apply to Volunteer" link below to apply for these opportunities.