Alumni Association Guiding Principles

How the Alumni Association Works



Provide a lifelong community for students and alumni of Oberlin College. Be an effective partner in supporting Oberlin’s academic and artistic excellence. Enhance commitment to Oberlin’s historic values and community service.

To support this vision, the Executive Board of the Alumni Association has developed a series of themes and objectives to guide the activities of our committees and affiliate groups. On a regular basis, each of these groups will review these themes and objectives and report to the alumni community on their activities in support of these guiding principles. Refer to each of these committees and affiliate groups, listed below, for more information.

Themes and Objectives

The Alumni Association is a partner in setting Oberlin College policy.

The Alumni Association facilitates alumni involvement in college activities

  • Increase active participation of alumni with students and other alumni
  • Make alumni better resources to prospective students, graduates, and faculty

The Alumni Association encourages its members to provide financial support to the college.

  • Increase the percentage of alumni participation in annual giving.
  • Increase the size of individual contributors.

The Alumni Association provides lifelong support to its members.

The Alumni Association continually communicates with alumni to inform them of activities and services and to assess changing needs of the alumni community.

  • Promote a consistent message regarding the benefits of involvement with the Alumni Association
  • Encourage coordination of all communication with alumni to emphasize tie-ins with the Alumni Association

For further details on Alumni Association activities in support of these Guiding Principles, refer to the specific sites below:

Alumni Committees

  • Admissions
  • Awards
  • Career services
  • Conservatory
  • Development
  • Nominations
  • Trustee nominations

Affiliate Groups

  • Oberlin Alumni Association of African Ancestry (OA4)
  • Oberlin Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (OAPAAA)
  • Oberlin Christian Alumni Association
  • Oberlin College Alumni Bowlers Association (OCABA)
  • EnviroAlums (E)
  • The John W. Heisman Club
  • Oberlin Lambda Alumni (OLA)
  • Oberlin Latino Alumni Association (OLAA)
  • Oberlin Steel (OSteel)
  • Ultimate Players Alumni Association

Approved 3/07/03
Executive Board