Volunteering is a great way to give back, pay it forward, and make a lasting impact on the campus and for future Barry students. Alumni volunteers play an invaluable role in everything from recruiting new students to planning alumni events. Whether your interests lean toward advising students, admissions and recruitment, assisting with regional programming, or helping the community, there are opportunities for you to get involved. Some opportunities can be done in a day and some, online. You decide what type of activity is of interest and significance to you—every contribution of your time and skill is welcome.
Ways to Volunteer:
Serve on the Alumni Board of Directors
The Barry University Alumni Association is governed by the Alumni Board of Directors. This group of volunteer leaders are integral in helping to engage alumni and build stronger affinity to their alma mater. Directors meet four times a year, which includes a retreat, and volunteer throughout the year in a variety of roles. Prospective directors are approved on a rolling basis.
Serve on an Advisory Board
Alumni are valued advocates and connectors for each of Barry’s individual schools, colleges and academic programs. Advisory board members work with each of the Deans and other university leaders on initiatives that not only support and advance programs, but also develops and strengthens the bonds among alumni, current students and the schools/colleges.
Assist with Regional Programming
The primary role of a regional volunteer is to help create engagement in different parts of the country and the world. Alumni everywhere enjoy opportunities to connect with the campus and each other at events like happy hours, faculty talks, career advising, service projects, virtual meet-ups and more. You can help mobilize Barry alumni in your area by planning programs, hosting and organizing events, or even just suggesting ideas for ways to connect alumni in your community.
Provide Student Support/Mentorship
You can help Barry students by participating in programs and activities that bring alumni and students together for mentorship, career support, and connection. Alumni mentors provide valuable insight and prepare students for a successful future by sharing their professional and personal experiences and expertise.
Become a Social Media Ambassador
Social media ambassadors generate buzz about major university initiatives and encourage connections among alumni and alumni-to-alma-mater interactions. Help spread Barry pride and great news by sharing messages, videos and posts from Barry with your social networks.
Become an Alumni Speaker
Throughout the year, the Office of Alumni Relations partners with the Career Development Center, our colleges and schools to offer programs and activities that bring alumni and students together. There are many opportunities for you to share your expertise, advice and career success stories through workshops, professional development seminars, industry panel discussions, and networking events. Opportunities to participate occur both on campus and in your local area.
Serve as a Class or Affinity Group Representative
As a class or affinity group representative, you can connect with your classmates on a personal level to help plan and generate enthusiasm about Homecoming and other events, and a desire to reach fundraising goals. Working together with fellow volunteers, you will guide your class or affinity group towards a successful Homecoming experience by attending and encouraging their attendance at all homecoming activities.
Volunteer at Homecoming and/or Other Alumni Events
Volunteers will be involved with planning for events during Homecoming weekend and other events sponsored and presented by the Alumni Association throughout the year.
Become an Admissions Ambassador
As an Admissions Ambassador you can help students make informed decisions about their university choices and inspire future Buccaneers through their shared personal stories and professional achievements. Our alumni ambassadors also assist the Office of Admissions with outreach and sharing their Barry experience during prospective and accepted student recruitment activities, such as local college fairs, and phone calls to admitted students.
Contact us if you have any questions, or if you are interested in volunteering, but aren't sure where to start: firstname.lastname@example.org