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Alumni Advisory Group

Our Mission

The mission of the Alumni Advisory Group (AAG), established at the invitation of former President Jonathan Lash in 2012, is to support the mission, values, and philosophy of Hampshire College by building alumni engagement through support of College fundraising and by acting as ambassadors to the alumni community. The AAG works to establish, maintain, and build mutually beneficial and lifelong connections among alums and, in so doing, strengthen alumni leadership as a College resource.

Our policies and procedures

Who We Are

The AAG is an independent group of alumni who works closely with the alumni community and the alumni and family relations office. We come from different decades of Hampshire and represent a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas.

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Our Projects and Activities

While the mission of the AAG has been consistent, the nature of our activities adapt to current needs. In the past we have:

  • led and assisted in fundraising efforts.
  • worked on ways for alumni to volunteer and contribute to the College.
  • conducted community surveys.
  • organized ways for alumni to connect as a community via  in-person and virtual events.
  • established regional alumni groups AKA “Alumni Circles,” starting in Boston, New York, and San Francisco.
  • explored opportunities to gather alums in the US South and other larger geographically spatial regions.
  • we started to plan the celebration of Hampshire College’s 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2018.

June 2020 Update

The Alumni Advisory Group (AAG) presently consists of 13 alums, one whose term expires this month. We are from all decades, various professions, and different regions of the country. Collectively, we are committed to helping Hampshire identify and harness alum interest in contributing to the success of the College. Last November, after receiving more than 60 applications, we welcomed four new members to the group: Diana Arce 99F, Savvy Cornett 15F, Suzanne Perkins 85F P18, and Karen Sullivan 90F. Karen recently left the AAG to join Hampshire’s staff as Associate Director of Alumni and Family Relations.
We believe that a vibrant and engaged alumni network is an invaluable resource for fundraising, admissions, and student support, as well as a rewarding source of community and friendship.
We invite all alums to connect with each other, faculty, staff, students, and the worldwide Hampshire Community by joining the College’s new official networking platform at
This summer you will receive a message that the AAG is recruiting for five new members. Prior to beginning recruitment, we wanted to update you about our current work.
The AAG is currently organized into several project teams with specific goals for 2020:

  • The 50th Anniversary Planning Team is working with trustees and other community members to create a fun, celebratory program to commemorate the College’s 50th anniversary and honor Hampshire’s commitment to the future.
  • The Fundraising Team supports the work of College Advancement and the Change in the Making campaign. All AAG members assist with promoting fundraising drives, honoring our commitment to Hampshire’s continued presence as a force of change both in higher education and the world.
  • The Strategy Team is working to find ways for alums to engage with the newly developed curriculum.
  • The Alumni Trustee Nomination Team works with the College's Secretary to administer the nominations and election process for the alumni trustee position.
  • The Community of Communities Team works with the office of Alumni and Family Relations to increase opportunities for alums to connect with each other and the College. You can join the new platform at, which provides opportunities for news, connection, and discussion with old Hampshire friends.
  • The Communications Team is working to continue to update the community on our efforts and gather community feedback.
  • The AAG Nominations and Procedures Team runs the annual recruitment drive for AAG members. More information about this year’s recruitment process is forthcoming.

If you have any questions about our current work or have any questions for the AAG, please reach out to


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