Chapter Leader Handbook

Chapter Leader Handbook

WAA-recognized chapters represent WAA and, by extension, UW-Madison in their communities. Alumni chapters provide opportunities for alumni to:

  • Engage with other local alumni
  • Identify and nurture volunteer leaders
  • Celebrate alumni who make a difference in their communities
  • Showcase Badger spirit to current and future alumni

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Welcome Alumni

Being Accessible, Hospitable and Responsive

The first job of every WAA chapter is to be welcoming to all UW-Madison alumni. For the Badger alumni in your area, your chapter is the face of the university. Through special events such as Welcome to the City, chapters introduce alumni to a group that they can call their own local Badger “home.”

  • Be accessible: Update your website with event and local “hangout” information
  • Be responsive: Actively answer inquiries (calls, emails, social media, at events)
  • Be hospitable

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Create Connections

Serving as a Social and Professional Hub

Alumni-to-alumni connections are the lifeblood of WAA chapters. Chapter volunteers provide crucial mentoring and career guidance for new UW-Madison graduates as well as future alumni. Chapters bring alumni together through a variety of events.

  • Be a conduit for volunteering on behalf of UW-Madison
  • Be a social and professional hub, host events, facilitate Badger-to-Badger alumni connections

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Support the UW

Encouraging Alumni to Support the UW

Chapters increasingly play a significant role in supporting UW-Madison priorities and initiatives. In-state chapters provide a vital network for grassroots legislative advocacy. Chapters nationwide assist WAA and UW Athletics with special events.

  • Encourage alumni to support the UW with time, talent and treasure
  • Spread the message of the UW to everyone in your community
  • Participate in the annual campaign
  • Capture and translate the alumni voice back to the UW and WAA

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