Making the case for international alumni relations

The University at Albany’s International Education Leadership Expert Series presents a module with Dr. Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D. to create, expand and deepen your global network of active and engaged alumni worldwide.


January 6 – January 16, 2020

About the module

Making the Case for International Alumni Relations interactive module is designed to meet the professional development needs of both senior and line officials who are directly – or tangentially – responsible for building and sustaining relationships between international students, alumni, and families in efforts to promote internationalism at home and abroad for their university.

Worldwide, higher education institutions ignore a major strategic asset by failing to capitalize on international alumni and constituent relations. In 2018, it is fair to say that the internationalization efforts in this arena are generally:

  • Underdeveloped (or, under-resourced)
  • Fragmented within different units and/or schools
  • Left to a virtual community (LinkedIn/Facebook)
  • Treated as a last-minute necessity

With our increasingly global workforce, colleges and universities find former students distributed across countries and over continents. This group includes students who came from abroad to complete studies at the home institution, and also domestic students who have relocated to other countries since graduating.

With the growth of international student populations, mobility programs and heightened priorities for graduating global citizens, never has it been more important to reach alumni abroad. Enrollment professionals are typically well aware of alumni’s critical role in recruitment and fundraising efforts. Even where typical domestic alumni relations are well managed, leadership too often ignores the potential or is unclear about how to scale-up and manage these efforts at a global level effectively.

Successful participants will receive an electronic badge and certificate acknowledging their completion of this professional development expert module from the International Education Program at the University at Albany (SUNY).

Making the Case for International Alumni Relations

Info Session Coming Soon – Meet the presenter and learn about the module

Expert Series Presenter

Dr. Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D.

With over 23 years of experience in higher education and
constituent relations, Gretchen Dobson, Ed.D. is a global alumni
expert leading institutions, governments and member-based
organizations towards sustainable international alumni
engagement strategies and solutions.  Her specialties include
international alumni relations strategy, international alumni and
academic partnerships, international student-alumni programs, and
volunteer management for groups of all sizes and backgrounds.
Dobson also provides professional coaching for international
alumni relations, development, admissions and academic officers
new to global engagement practices.  In her current position as
head of Academic Assembly’s International Alumni & Graduate
Services, she delivers these services as part of the company’s
broad reaching portfolio of services.  She is proud to be one of the
inaugural International Education Fellows of the School of Education, University of Albany.

Expert Series Design structure

Participants will receive 6 hours of instruction and complete 6 asynchronous hours of assignments with their fellow participants. The instructor-led synchronous sessions will include 4 meetings of 90 minutes each via Zoom (UAlbany).

Synchronous Sessions:

• Tuesday, Jan 7 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT)
• Thursday, Jan 9 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT)
• Monday, Jan 13 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT)
• Thursday, Jan 16 – 4-5:30pm EST (9-10:30pm GMT)

Instructions for connecting to synchronous sessions and accessing the online material will be provided after registration.

Info Session Coming Soon – Meet the presenter and learn about the module

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