The Alumni-in-Residence Program is an integrated way for alumni to engage with students and work with faculty, staff, residents and community members to enhance the 2-year program on campus. Alumni come to campus for three or four months in either the fall, spring or summer term and are completely immersed in life and learning on our experiential education campus. In addition to taking on responsibilities as an adult on campus, we expect alumni participants to bring their expertise and passions and work collaboratively with the community to offer new activities or learning opportunities based on their work, world experience, and passions. This program is designed to enrich the existing education and programming on campus by carefully selecting alumni who have skills and knowledge that complement the resources on campus. In addition, alumni are encouraged to pursue their own passions and projects while on campus: writing, creating, reflecting, or collaborating.

Read about past alumni who have participated in the program on the Alumni-in-Residence Blog.

Program expectations:

The college will provide:

  • Comfortable accommodation on campus (private residence) with cooking facilities
  • Meals in the cafeteria, and when cafeteria is closed (school breaks and closures) groceries for alumni to cook
  • Shared working space with access to printing, copying, and college email address
  • Transportation to and from the airport or ferry on arrival and departure days
  • Orientation upon arrival and integration to adult team
  • Integration plan including an on-campus buddy and student buddy
  • Program and administrative support for projects and initiatives (when appropriate)
  • Training for alumni as an adult on campus

The alumni will commit to:

  • Volunteer 4-8 hours each day
  • Be available to students for support and discussion
  • Hold casual discussions on topics of passion or professional interest
  • Give workshops or lectures in field of expertise
  • Visit classes and support faculty members
  • Volunteer in activities and co-curricular programs (lead or participate in CAS, invigilate exams, monitor library, tutor, review student work, adult on call, etc.)
  • Work collaboratively with the adult community
  • Contribute regularly to the blog

Timing and Themes:

Applications are accepted and considered all year round with an open mind to theme and subject area. We have, however, identified the following three time periods as effective for on-boarding and integrating alumni more effectively into the campus program, and the associated themes matching the most obvious needs on campus at that time:

Fall > September-December: Education and Programming – Alumni will have an expertise in a subject area taught in our academic program, or experience in leading co-curricular programming. This residency will focus on supporting faculty by taking on components of the co-curricular program or complementing the existing expertise on campus. This is the best time of year to start new projects or initiatives internally or externally.

Spring > January-April: Support and Well-being – The main focus of this residency is to support students by working with the Health and Wellness team on non-clinical wellness practice offerings, extra tutoring opportunities for exam preparation, invigilation support for faculty members, and other non-academic driven support.

Summer > May-August: Retreat and Planning – Alumni will bring their own project to work on while acting as the alumni host or campus ambassador to visitors and programs on campus. This residency has the potential to get involved in the support of the summer programs as well as some planning for the upcoming academic year.

Remember, this is a framework for the program, but we are not rigid when it comes to when a residency might start or what the programming connection might be. Please don’t hesitate to apply to the program and suggest your own timing and/or area of interest – the earlier the better!

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