Welcome, iSchool alumni!
Since becoming Dean of the iSchool, I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you and getting a real sense of the special community we have here. The iSchool is more than just the place where you spend a couple of years earning a degree — it's where you form meaningful and lasting personal and professional connections.
My vision for the iSchool community is that students and alumni are interconnected and create an irreplaceable network promoting personal and professional growth. This all begins with a vibrant alumni community. Incredibly valuable to both students and fellow alumni alike, you, as iSchool graduates, are the backbone of the school: Our alumni serve as ambassadors, supporters, recruiters, lifelong students and the embodiment of the school’s legacy, passing on the traditions — and the torch — to future generations of iSchool alumni.
Especially in the first few years after graduation, alumni can provide invaluable advice, both inside and outside the classroom. I’d like for the iSchool to be a resource where alumni can return for advice and support as they progress in their careers. Alumni can help in their workplaces by promoting connections to iSchool students through Capstone projects, internships or job opportunities, mentoring current students and by acting as advocates for the school. As we’ve seen at several local companies, one iSchool graduate can help form a pipeline for future hires and future students.
I encourage you to explore the pages within this alumni-centered section to find events, ways to connect with fellow alumni, and opportunities to engage with the iSchool. You may be surprised to learn that there are many iSchool alumni in your midst, especially those from different programs.
We encourage and welcome feedback from our alumni. Please do not hesitate to contact me, your faculty or Kristyn Danson, associate director for alumni relations at the iSchool.
Anind K. Dey
Professor and Dean