Working Groups

alumni council

Alumni Engagement Group

The Alumni Support Working Group (ASWG) is responsible for initiating and implementing strategic and operating plans for Alumni Council specific to supporting Swarthmore alumni. The ASWG works with Connection Chairs to promote the involvement of alumni in Connection events and other alumni-related activities. The ASWG promotes communication among alumni and interactions between the alumni and the College. The ASWG also works with the Student Support Working Group to develop programming that fosters productive interactions between alumni and current students. This group also makes the annual search and choice for the recipient of the Arabella Carter Award for unheralded community service, and the Eugene M. Lang '38 Impact Award for vocational impact on society at large.


  • Joann N. Bodurtha '74
  • John J. Bowe '83
  • Frances Caroline Brokaw '76
  • Susan Corcoran '72
  • Jeffrey Michael Gordon '81
  • Julian Harper '08
  • Peter B. Jaquette '74
  • Bruce A. Maxwell '91, Co-Chair
  • Laura K. McKee '88, Co-Chair
  • Karen Rae Oliver '81
  • Sarah H. Shirk '87
  • Giridhar N. Srinivasan '98
  • Treasure J. Tinsley '15
  • Howard L. Vickery II '70
  • Kyle White '08
  • Tanyaporn Wansome '02

Student Engagement Group

The Student Support Working Group develops projects and initiatives that enable alumni to assist current students of the College. In conjunction with the Career Services, this group oversees the coordination and operation of the Alumni Career Networking Dinner that provides students the opportunity to interact with alumni based on student career interests. The Externship Program, which enables as many Swarthmore students as possible to explore the day-to-day work experiences of Swarthmore alumni, parents, or friends, also operates under this group. In addition, the group has several initiatives underway that partner student groups and alumni including alumni speakers in the classroom, alumni panel discussions with the Students in Business Group, and exploring connection possibilities between students studying abroad and alumni.


  • Emmanuel K. Afrifa '11
  • Joseph Alberti '06
  • Charles R. Bailey '67
  • Sanda Jennifer Balaban '94
  • Shameika M. Black '11
  • Christen Boas Hayes '16
  • Jordan I. Brackett '01
  • Lizabeth L. Burrell '73
  • Way-Ting Chen '94, Co-Chair
  • Charles Christopher Davis '75
  • Daniel M. Feinberg '83
  • Laura P. Hyder '16
  • Ethan Landis '84
  • Laura M. Markowitz '85
  • Noah H. Marks '11
  • Eileen Nixon Meredith '65
  • Seth Aogu Nfonoyim-Hara '08
  • Tuan-Linh Nguyen '02 
  • Anne Elizabeth Richards '97
  • Kwaku N. Sefa-Dedeh '02, Co-Chair
  • Diana Royce Smith '68
  • Jillian Goldie Waldman '06
  • BoHee Yoon '01