Becoming a Pearson College UWC graduate opens up an entire world of connections to continue living the UWC Mission throughout one’s lifetime. We hope to offer you a number of different ways to connect with each other, with the College and our current students, and with the UWC movement and its mission.
Take a look at some of the programs we offer for alumni engagement, and if you have an idea you’d like to pursue, send us an email – we’d love to explore it with you!
The Alumni-in-Residence Program is an integrated way for alumni to engage with students and work with faculty, staff, residents and students 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 of 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.
Given what will be happening on campus each term, we hope to bring alumni with the following focus for each term:
September-December — Programming and Education support: alumni will have an expertise in a subject area taught in the program, and will work closely with faculty to offer guest lectures, tutoring, excursions, etc.
January-April — Health and Wellness: alumni will work alongside the existing health and wellness team and will bring additional resources and time to enhance this program (yoga instruction, meditation, etc.)
May-August — Summer Host and Personal Growth: alumni will bring their own project to work on while supporting and hosting our summer programs (PSYL, PSCL, Alumni Reunions, etc.)
To participate in our Alumni-In-Residence program, please complete this application form. We will be selecting alumni for the three terms by August 15, 2018. If you miss this deadline, or if you would like to propose a different focus or a different length of or period of stay, please submit the application form and we will do our best to work with you on an individual basis.Apply Now
Life After Pearson: transition program for second year students
Life After Pearson is a way in which alumni can connect with today’s young leaders at Pearson. We have designed a program that supports our 2nd year students through the transition from student to alumni. Hearing from alumni about their lived experiences after leaving Pearson College, having the opportunity to ask alumni their questions, and exploring different ideas with alumni relieves anxiety, broadens their perspective, and initiates healthy conversations about next steps. Within this program we have eight concrete opportunities for alumni to engage and help students with their transition. We’d really like to have alumni reflect the diversity of the student population, and we know that it isn’t possible for everyone to travel to campus, so please consider hosting one of the following sessions virtually if coming to campus isn’t possible for you right now.
Life After Pearson Roundtable discussions are informal, fireside chats (virtual or in person) to discuss your experience transitioning from student to alum, share some advice and tips, as well as answer questions.
Career Cafe discussions are an opportunity to focus a discussion around your career path and field of expertise. Students from both first and second year will be invited to join the discussion, ask questions and explore opportunities with you.Apply Now
Need more information? Have questions? Want to come at a time that isn’t listed above? Great — send us an email and we’ll figure something out.
Alumni and Community House
We are always happy to welcome alumni and their guests back to this transformative place as you explore what has changed, what is the same, and share with the current campus community. The Alumni & Community House (A&C House) is a house on campus that is open to all alumni and their guests for short term stays while you visit or volunteer. It is the central hub for alumni whether you are coming for just a night or a week or two, this is where you will be welcomed with open arms!
How it works:
When available, you can book a room for you and your guests in the A&C House.
To book a room,
- Complete the booking form with your travel details.
- You will then receive an email that will include an invoice for you to pay prior to your arrival (or an agreement for volunteering in lieu of payment is agreed upon).
- Once payment is received (or volunteer jobs and hours is agreed upon) you will be introduced to your hosts by email (Benoit and Anamaria) and arrangements will be made to welcome you upon arrival.
What it costs:
The value of your bed, room, and food is $50 per person, per night. We recognize that this is a prohibitive cost for many alumni, and we want to encourage as many of you to come back to campus and engage with the campus community so we offer two options:
- A reduced rate of $31.50 per person, per night
- Volunteer work for 2.5 hours on campus in lieu of payment
If you agree to volunteer and end up changing your mind once you arrive or want to volunteer only a day or two of a multi-day stay, no problem, we will send you an invoice for the difference and you can settle up with a credit card over the phone.
What you can expect:
- Benoit Charlebois and Anamaria Gomez Upegui will be your hosts, along with their dog Paco. Please note that there is a dog in the residence where you will be staying.
- Food is provided at the cafeteria. If you are staying during a time when the cafeteria is closed, you will be responsible for your own food.
- You will be introduced to the campus community via email that will include a photo and short biography of yourself and your guests.
- We ask all alumni visitors to engage in the campus community whether that be joining an activity, inviting students to A&C House for tea and a discussion, eating with faculty and staff in the cafeteria, or sharing a skill or expertise you bring, we hope you find a way to contribute to this community.
What we expect of you:
- You will arrange your own transportation to and from campus and communicate with the Alumni Relations Officer and your hosts of your expected time of arrival.
- You will advise the Alumni Relations Officer of any allergies you have.
- You will send the Alumni Relations Officer a recent photo of you and your guests as well as a short write up of each of you that we can distribute to the campus community.
- You will check-in with your host before 10:30 PM each night to inform them of your whereabouts on campus.
- You will return to your room by midnight.
- You will not enter any classrooms, bedrooms, or residence buildings. As per College policy, even if you are invited by a friend (or family member) no adults are to enter any bedrooms. This is to respect the privacy of all students.
- You will respect the fact that alcohol consumption is not allowed on campus, except in adult residences or when it is being served during receptions.
- You will abide by and agree to all College Policies and Procedures. Of note, the College does not tolerate any sexual relationship between an adult (faculty, staff, resident, volunteer, alumni, visitor, guest, contracted services member) and a student (regardless of age). Regardless of prior relationships with current students, there is zero tolerance for any sexual relationship between alumni and current students on campus.
Throughout the year we have many alumni who come to campus to volunteer. There are a range of needs and opportunities that range from pulling broom (invasive species) to speaking at a Global Affairs session. Below are some of the identified needs that we can anticipate for the coming year. If you see something you can help us with, please email us with your availability.
- Exam Invigilation (May 2-27, 2019; mandatory training required)
- Wellness practitioners (mid-November through mid-December; mid-January through mid-February)
- Reunion and summer program hosts
There are have many opportunities to contribute your time and expertise to the UWC movement off campus. Some of these are:
- National Committee
- Take a leadership role in your region
- Welcome new alumni to your region
- Host an alumni event
- Act as a resource to recent graduates as they get started in their careers
If you have another idea of how you’d like to contribute to life on campus or to the movement worldwide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Host a Gathering or Event
Re-ignite your passion for UWC, explore collaboration opportunities, or simply connect with like-minded individuals in your area at a Pearson and/or UWC alumni gathering. You can gather your fellow alumni in your region with a whole slew of different events. Some we’ve seen work successfully are potlucks, picnics, happy hours, and BBQs.
How to host a gathering:
We recommend a couple of alumni work together to plan and host an event. Give yourself time to prepare.
Regional event hosts typically:
- select and secure the gathering site
- work with the Alumni Office to define the invitation list
- suggest wording for the invitation emails, social media posts and website
- make personal outreaches to encourage attendance
- attend the gathering and say a few words about Pearson or UWC
- share posts about and photos from the gathering on social media during and/or after the event
The Alumni Office can help regional event volunteers in many ways:
- connect you with other regional leaders
- producing email lists of alumni in the area
- sending email invitations and posting event information on the College’s social media outlets and website
- coordinating RSVPs
- providing talking points on College updates
- providing event materials (e.g. name tags, donation cards, etc.)
Please contact the Alumni Engagement Officer at least 8 weeks before your proposed event date, so that we can help you organize and publicize the event.