Student & Alumnae Engagement

The Office of Student-Alumnae Engagement works to bring students and alumnae together. Through increased visibility, innovative programs and yearly events that include Douglass signature programs, the office seeks to engage more alumnae with the college and students in a meaningful way by offering information and opportunities that encourage lifelong support.

Douglass alumnae have an abundance of valuable insight that can make a lasting impact on the future success of Douglass students. Douglass has facilitated many events for alumnae and students to come together, inspiring students to engage more deeply in their field. This past October, a roundtable networking session at the Douglass Career Conference allowed 20+ esteemed alumnae to share their expertise with students. On January 7, 2019, Douglass hosted the PLEN Public Policy Alumnae Dinner, where students could directly interact with Douglass alumnae leaders in public policy. Engagement between current students and alumnae is so beneficial to the holistic educational experience that Douglass strives to give every student.

The wisdom recently graduated alumnae have to share is important to ensure Douglass students successfully start their careers after graduation. This past April, The Office of Student-Alumnae Engagement and the BOLD Center at Douglass hosted the event, #ADULTING-Life After Douglass, a young alumnae panel and mixer for current students. At the event, recent alumnae offered students advice on the next steps after graduation. New alumnae have a unique perspective on adult life that can help Douglass students to feel supported and prepared for the next phase of their lives after college.

Douglass also creates opportunities for alumnae to connect with each other, wherever they may be. In 2017, Douglass invited current students and alumnae to view Alice Aycock DC’68 art exhibition, The Turbulence Series, in New York City. In 2017, The Douglass Centennial on the Road: San Francisco event allowed West Coast alumnae to learn more about The Bold Center at Douglass, as well as take a tour at Google with Douglass alumna Tara Kousha DRC’12. Douglass will soon host another Douglass on the Road: San Francisco event, this year featuring artist, Emily Dvorin DC’64. Offering programming across the country helps our widespread network of alumnae to feel connected to Douglass—even from hundreds of miles away.

The Office of Student-Alumnae Engagement at Douglass recognizes that it is important to host a diverse range of events to best educate and inspire our current Douglass students and bring our wide network of alumnae together. In the coming months, we have planned various events for your participation and enjoyment that include another young alumnae panel and mixer with current students, and a Meet the Deans of Douglass event on Rutgers Day. Join us for a chance to strengthen your bond with Douglass by engaging the power of alumnae and connecting to future alumnae.


Volunteer Opportunities 

Knowledge and Power Interview Project: Call for Interview Subjects!

Each semester, Douglass students participate in an interview project where they are required to interview a woman in a career field of interest to them. This is the perfect opportunity for you if you have been in your profession for at least three years and are interested in sharing your insights with a student. Interviews last about 45 minutes and take place in person or via Skype. 

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please email


Sign up to be a summer site mentor for the Douglass Externship Experience!

By becoming a site mentor, you’ll play a key role in students’ future success while also providing your company with a pipeline of motivated potential employees. During the experience, students work with their mentors to learn some of the realities of their potential profession. The main feature of the program is short-term (one day, few day, one week, or two week) experience during which students spend time at an organization while shadowing a professional (Site Mentor). The mentor introduces students to the industry and workplace and, perhaps, assigns a small project for the student to complete. This short-term “try on a career” experience has been an important developmental tool for our students. And participating in the Externship Experience can assist in your recruitment goals—your DRC extern may become your next best employee! 

If you have questions or would like to apply to be a site mentor, please contact Stephanie M. Perez, Associate Director of the BOLD Center at or 848-932-3158. 

Feel free to email with any questions!