SAIC Alum Leaders

SAIC Alum Leader Guide

With more than 30,000 alums around the world, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) alum community is a thriving network of makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

The Alumni Engagement team’s mission is to make connections easy. We work to foster alum involvement with SAIC in ways that serve the interests and needs of both alums and the School. We acknowledge and embrace you, our alums, as vital stakeholders of the institution and value the contributions you make to SAIC, the world of art and design, and to one another's creative lives. 

Alum leaders share an enthusiasm for the School, recognize the power of a strong network, and extend the reach of the SAIC Alumni Engagement team by serving as ambassadors to their local community. Your work as an alum leader strengthens community among SAIC alums and opens the door to collaboration and opportunity, and we are here to support your efforts. Thank you for your time and dedication and for giving back to SAIC.

  • Access to an SAIC-owned email account for your region for more streamlined communication to your network
  • Consultation and guidance for events and programs
  • Event and communication support through SAIC-sponsored Eventbrite and Mailchimp accounts
  • SAIC-branded event support materials, including name tags, signage, and swag 
  • Partnership with SAIC-organized events in your area, including regional receptions, virtual programming, and career workshops

As a regional alum leader, you are agreeing to:

  • Serve as a main point of contact for alums in your region, acting as a liaison between regional alums and SAIC's Alumni Engagement team
  • Serve as an ambassador for SAIC
  • Support and promote SAIC fundraising efforts
  • Plan/host regional social or networking events and support/promote SAIC-sponsored programs (virtual or in person) 
  • Direct alums to available SAIC resources and information as needed
  • Communicate with your regional alum group via email and social media
  • Stay current with projects, exhibitions, and events of fellow alums in your area and share these with your alum group and the Alumni Engagement team
  • Encourage participation by other alums to create a natural succession of leaders and alum group participants 
  • Inform the Alumni Engagement team of your event plans at least six weeks in advance so we can help promote your program
  • Each virtual or in-person event should include an opportunity for alums to connect and network
  • Actively communicate the event to alums in your area (e.g., email, social media, event follow-up, etc.)
  • Arrive early whether the event is virtual or in person and welcome guests as they arrive 
  • Introduce yourself and your role and promote upcoming events, if any
  • Collect registration and participant information (names, email addresses, degree types, and graduation years), then share with the SAIC Alumni Engagement team
  • Take photos or screenshots and post to your community's social media sites using the #saicalumni hashtag
  • Multimedia open mic, pecha kucha, or virtual show-and-tell 
  • Alum film screenings (consider joining a virtual screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center)
  • Gallery walk
  • Celebrating together at an alum exhibition
  • Potluck meals and gatherings
  • Bar meetups
  • Critique groups
  • Making workshops
  • Career workshops
  • Skillshare sessions
  • Welcome calls or emails to recent grads 


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Regional Group Contact Information

Staff Contacts

Mary C.K. Hayes
Executive Director, Alumni & Donor Engagement

Marissa Davis
Assistant Director, Engagement and Events

Artwork: Lishi (Rock) Chen, Brittle Breeze, 2020