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Webinar: Working with Advancement and Alumni Relations to Engage Alumni
December 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm ESTFree
Many sustainability practitioners seek to engage alumni in various ways – fundraising, expertise, guest speakers, jobs/internships and mentorship for students. Lehigh University and the University of Virginia’s Office for Sustainability and the UVA Alumni Association will share the variety of ways that we engage with our alumni and work together to build a strong alumni base. This overview is intended to provide concrete examples of various opportunities to leverage sustainability and development and alumni relations’ expertise to advance a strategy for alumni engagement and fundraising for campus sustainability.
Delicia Nahman, Director of Sustainability, Lafayette College
Delicia Nahman recently joined Lafayette College’s leadership team as the Director of Sustainability. In her current role, she creates and leads the university’s sustainability agenda, including strategic planning for enhancing sustainability in operations as well as student activities and curricula. She works closely with institutional leaders, faculty, staff, and students to foster sustainability broadly across campus units, integrating sustainability into policies and standards related to energy management, greenhouse gas emissions, built environment and land use, water consumption, waste, transportation, purchasing, food services, diversity and inclusion practices. Delicia also coordinates with faculty to integrate sustainability into the curriculum. As Sustainability Director, Delicia collaborates with campus leadership, departments and campus committees to enhance pathways for utilizing the campus as a living laboratory to pilot high impact, transformational sustainability projects with applications into the region and beyond. She extends her efforts beyond campus to develop effective partnerships and relationships with alumni, surrounding communities and institutions to advance sustainability throughout the region. Delicia and her team manage the implementation of Lafayette’s carbon neutrality commitment by 2035 and leverage LaFarm to provide local and organic food to dining halls and underserved communities as well as serve as a hub for teaching and learning. Delicia was the founding Sustainability Officer at Lehigh University where she led sustainability visioning and strategy for nine years. She came to Lehigh Unviersity from LA Community College District where she served as a Sustainability Coordinator.
Danielle Kroo, Lehigh University, Associate Director, Professional Alumni Networks
Danielle joined the Alumni Relations team at Lehigh University in February 2017 as the Associate Director of Professional Alumni Networks. In this new role, Danielle manages several of Lehigh’s professional affinity groups including Lehigh Alumni Sustainability Alliance (LASA), Wall Street Council and Lehigh Lawyers, while also working to craft and implement a professional alliance program (both virtual and event-based) to further connect Lehigh’s 80,000 alumni within industry spaces and back to the University.
Nina Morris, Sustainability Program Manager, Outreach & Engagement, University of Virginia
Nina Morris manages & develops the outreach, engagement and communications for the Office for Sustainability at the University of Virginia (UVA) and works collaboratively to foster a culture of sustainability within the UVA community. Nina and her team develop and implement sustainability engagement programs such as Green Workplace, Green Labs, Green Living & Green Athletics as well as the Sustainability Alumni Network & Sustainability Student Employee Program, as well sustainability events, outreach tools and manage sustainability communications for the University. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in spanish & religious studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in community and regional planning from Temple University.
Kate Redding, Managing Director of Alumni Services, University of Virginia Alumni Association
Kate Redding is the Managing Director of Alumni Services at the University of Virginia Alumni Association, where she has worked since 2011. In this role, she manages multiple programs that provide direct services to thousands of alumni, alumni families, and alumni organizations each year; these programs include alumni career services, affinity group organization and support, and UVA admission support. Prior to 2016, Kate served as the Director of Alumni Interest Groups, and restructured the program to support more than 40 alumni affinity organizations; these organizations currently contribute more than $6.5M to the University community annually, award more than $600K in scholarships each year, and engage tens of thousands of UVA alumni through communications and events. Kate’s office currently supports UVA’s Sustainability Alumni Network, and Kate sits on the University’s Committee on Sustainability. Kate graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.