Director of Global Alumni Relations, Texas Global
University of Texas at Austin, USA
Global Alumni Relations: Where Do We Go from Here?
Developing meaningful relationships with international alumni is critical and more complicated. From border closures to novel ways of gathering virtually, COVID-19 presented unexpected challenges and new opportunities for global alumni engagement and international education. But where do we go from here? Universities across the world are evaluating their international alumni relations in a post-pandemic world. Offering insight into the activities of The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) as a case study for global alumni engagement and its role in comprehensive internationalization, this presentation considers a “future-back” approach in which long-term vision and goals illuminate near-term priorities and set a course forward. By providing a historical overview of international alumni relations at UT Austin and Texas Global’s framework for mission-driven engagement, plus recent developments and ambitious goals, this discussion will highlight strategies for pursuing data improvement, developing effective communications, leveraging intra-institutional partnerships, coordinating impactful events, and measuring success.
Fiona Mazurenko is the inaugural director of Global Alumni Relations at The University of Texas at Austin. She leads the development and oversight of a comprehensive strategy to expand and deepen UT Austin’s engagement with alumni living internationally. Previously, Fiona served as assistant director of communications for Texas Global. Before joining UT Austin in 2014, she led development and communications at several nonprofit organizations in Austin. Fiona holds a master’s degree from UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French from the University of Richmond. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine 2004-2006.