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January to June 2021

In this virtual series, alumni volunteers from around the world, current student leaders and prospective volunteers will come together to learn valuable skills that can be applied to their workplaces, volunteer organizations and communities. Discover ways to make a difference at Drexel that align with the things you’re truly passionate about.

What can you expect?

  • Workshops that support skills that are critical to success in both volunteer leadership and professional roles.
  • Insight into current University news and updates from senior leadership.
  • Exposure to the diversity of volunteer roles at Drexel so you can give back in ways that align with your passions.
  • Recognition and celebration of volunteer leaders who have made an impact at Drexel.
  • The opportunity to connect with each other to share ideas, expand your network and celebrate your shared connection to Drexel.


Naomi TutuThe Future of Diversity and Inclusion
January 29 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET
As the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Naomi Tutu struggled to find her own place in the world. Pulling from her personal challenges of growing up Black and female in apartheid South Africa, Rev. Tutu will discuss how we can reconcile our history as we work collectively to build a brighter future, and how an ongoing focus on diversity and inclusion allows individuals, organizations and communities to thrive.

This session is held in conjunction with the LeBow EMBA Alumni Association’s Executive Summit series.

Alyssa AbbottJourney to the Boardroom
February 23 | 7 to 8 p.m. ET
Discuss the path to the boardroom with Alyssa Abbott, BS ’16, MBA ’20, interim director of Drexel LeBow’s Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute. Find out how to successfully transition from a hands-on executive to a strategic board member in a corporate or nonprofit organization.

Patience Ajoff-FosterWorking Through Social Identities Towards Empathy and Inclusion
March 24 | 6 to 7:30 p.m. ET

Co-sponsored with the Alumni in Academia group, this interactive workshop with Patience Ajoff-Foster, Cert.'13, executive director of diversity and inclusive culture at Drexel, will explore the interplay between individuals’ unique social identities in the context of teams and groups.

Making an Impact: Building a Lifelong Commitment to Civic Engagement
April 22 | 6 to 7 p.m. ET
In this event co-hosted with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, a student and alumni panel will share their stories of volunteerism, including how they identify their areas of passion and advice for others to get involved in their own communities.


  • Carrie Hutnick (moderator), Associate Director of Community-Based Learning at Drexel University
  • Tais Idi-Infante ’20
  • Paul K. Johnson ’92, ’07
  • Nary Preap Kith ’04, ’07
  • Camille Prairie ’20

FryState of the Campus with President Fry and Senior Leadership Panel
May 12 | 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET

Hear from President John Fry how the Drexel community continues to face global challenges while embarking on a new strategic plan that will secure the University as a model for higher education at a time of profound change and disruption. Then a panel of senior administrators from across the University will discuss happenings at Drexel and how alumni can make an impact.


  • David Unruh, Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement (moderator)
  • Subir Sahu, PhD, Senior Vice President, Student Success
  • Evelyn Thimba, Senior Vice President, Enrollment Management
  • Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, PhD
    • Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Vice President for Graduate and Online Education
    • Dean, Graduate College and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional
    • Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology, College of Medicine