As the primary link between their classmates and Chapin, Class Representatives strengthen everyone’s ties to the school and develop broad support for the Alumnae Association. Finance representatives encourage classmates to donate to annual giving and news representatives compile class notes for the Alumnae Bulletin. Representatives of both types try to attend events each year at Chapin on behalf of their classes, and they help to organize five-year-mark Reunions and form Reunion committees.
Chapin believes strongly in diversity in all aspects of its curriculum and community; the alumnae cultural awareness program celebrates that belief. Any alumnae who are interested in diversity topics are welcome to join to discuss these subjects in general and their own experiences in particular. The group also links alumnae to current students for mentoring, internships and summer jobs, with a special emphasis on connecting alumnae of color with current students of color.
Chapin’s financial future depends, in large part, on alumnae participation in annual giving. The alumnae development committee has two goals: to encourage more alumnae to give, and to encourage alumnae to give more. It also ensures that alumnae contributors are thanked for their generosity in ways that reflect how valuable they are to the school.
Chapin is proud to have a room dedicated to housing documents, artifacts and other items that capture its history. The school welcomes volunteers to process photographs, work with unsorted collections, organize materials for exhibits and recommend photographs to feature on the school website. The archives also seeks volunteers both inside and outside New York who can conduct interviews for Chapin’s oral-history project, as our interview subjects live all over the world.
Art case committee members plan timely displays that often reflect subjects that Chapin students are discussing in class or relate to national and international current events. Members also help to install and remove artwork.
The International Alumnae Council, a worldwide network of Chapin alumnae, needs women who live outside of New York City to act as delegates for their city or region. Delegates keep in touch with other alumnae in their areas and, with help and guidance from the School, plan informal and approachable events. Please note that Chapin is always looking for alumnae to be the hosts of regional gatherings; alumnae are also welcome to coordinate events without formally becoming a delegate.
Now more than ever, alumnae and current students look to Chapin’s accomplished alumnae as resources in finding internships or jobs. If you or your employer might be able to inform alumnae or students about any position of this nature, please let us know.