Alumni are critical to the success of our network. The key long-term goal for the network is to pipeline the leaders we develop into positions of decision-making power within institutions and organizations that shape the social and economic realities for communities across the country. And this is why alumni are crucial to our success; they are the connective tissue that place Roosevelters in key political and policy jobs.
When we think about alumni engagement, our focus is not on securing small, short-term payoffs, but strategically collaborating on building a more powerful network. We seek to leverage the power of our alumni to support students and expand opportunities for the next generation of policy leaders. We seek to make a lasting impact not only in individual communities, but in the foundations of the progressive movement and our democracy. As a network that is over 15 years old, we have alumni across the world who are experts in their fields: political leaders, policymakers, organizers and activists, and elected officials. As we continue to diversify the student leaders in our network, it becomes increasingly important to leverage the power of our alumni to help open doors into the broader progressive ecosystem for those students. From participating in our programs and leadership opportunities, students develop skills, acquire experience, and receive specific training that we can vouch for in a pragmatic, programmatic, and systematic way.
Working together, alumni have the power to utilize our positions to build a different progressive movement—one that is more inclusive, one that is bottom-up and transformative, and one that changes how rules get written by building a structure that changes who can write them.
Three Branches of Alumni Engagement
- Building progressive infrastructure
- Pipelining the next generation of policy leaders, organizers,and advocates through mentorship programs
- Integration into student programming