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Alums and Friends

You’ve been there. You were once an LSA student trying to figure out your next steps. Chances are, there was at least one person who inspired you, gave advice, or opened doors for you. Now, as an alum, there are a number of ways you can support LSA students through the LSA Opportunity Hub. Whether you engage online, on campus, or on site at the Hub’s home, for an hour or for an afternoon, students jump at the chance to hear from alums and your words will resonate with them. From informal events to our online networking community to one-on-one mentorship — you can create opportunities for students to make connections between liberal arts, the workplace, and the world.

You are a valuable member of a global network of 225,00 LSA alums navigating every industry imaginable, from the solo entrepreneur publishing her photography in the New York Times to the bitcoin expert conquering Silicon Valley. You know what it's like to be an undergrad, and you've learned how to harness the power of your liberal arts and sciences education. The Hub invites you to share that wisdom with the next generation of Wolverines.

How will you give back and impact students today? Find out how we can help connect you with LSA undergraduates—and why it matters—by exploring the different options below. Get started today by creating a profile on LSA Connect, which is how you can tell us a little bit about you and how you’d like to get involved. The Alum Engagement team follows up with individuals within LSA Connect regularly. Or, you could email us at lsa-opphub@umich.edu.

By giving to the Opportunity Hub, you’re not only supporting a student’s experience — you’re providing a foundation for them to launch a lifetime of professional development.

Your gift will ensure you’re part of one of the most transformative projects — the advancement of the Hub’s mission to help students prepare to thrive after graduation in both work and life — in the history of the College of LSA.

It’s because of the generosity from donors — like the Gerstein Family’s sponsorship of our online networking and mentorship platform —that gives all LSA students the chance to connect their liberal arts education to their goals and aspirations, regardless of financial barriers.

About the Hub

What is the LSA Opportunity Hub?

The Opportunity Hub is a team of 40-plus professionals who work with students on one of the most important projects of their lives: exploring career possibilities and forming a professional identity. We do that by connecting LSA undergrads with alums, employers, internships, jobs, and transformative career-learning opportunities to nurture students’ deep and broad discovery of the liberal arts, ultimately positioning students to pursue meaningful careers after graduation and throughout theirprofessional lives.

What is the difference between the Hub and other career-related offices on campus?

Our focus is on serving LSA undergraduate students from a liberal arts perspective. Our campus partners serve wider or different audiences, including the University Career Center, which serves the entire campus, and the offices in U-M’s colleges, like the Engineering Career Resource Center, which serves Engineering students specifically.

Is there a way I can sign up for “Hub updates” to stay informed about what’s happening?

Yes, you can sign up for our student Hub Happenings newsletter through MCommunity and receive ongoing communications that LSA students receive from us during the school year. If you're interested in a communication specifically with you in mind, be sure to join LSA Connect where you'll automatically receive our quarterly newsletter for Alums & Employers.

How do students find out about the Hub and your offerings?

We communicate with students strategically via email, social media, in-person, and through departments to ensure they get the complete picture of the services, resources, and opportunities available to them at the Hub.

Ways alums can get involved

What kind of alum support do you need most?

We’re looking for alums who are willing to be a part of a diverse, supportive community; who can offer advice and resources, mentorship, and opportunities that are inclusive of the identities, experiences and goals of LSA students. Regardless if you’re a recent grad or an experienced professional, alums can provide wisdom gleaned from the professional path they’ve taken or the industry they’re in. The absolute best way for alums like yourself to start to make an impact is to join LSA Connect. Here you can begin to be available directly to students for career advice as part of the exclusive LSA online community.  

I would be happy to mentor an LSA student. Where do I sign up?

The first step is to join LSA Connect, the college’s networking and mentoring platform where LSA students seek out alums for mentoring advice and support. You can shape your impact, whether that’s answering questions from a variety of students on the discussion board or chatting with a couple students at a time through private messaging. If you’d like to engage in deeper mentoring with a single student through a more formalized structure, you can apply to be part of the LSA Mentorship Program, but you must be on LSA Connect first. Get started today by setting up your profile. An invite to apply for the program will come through LSA Connect.

If I have contacts that are alums that want to connect with someone at the Hub, who should I refer them to?

Encourage them to join LSA Connect. They’ll start by creating a profile, which includes indicating how they would like to be involved. The Alum Engagement team follows up with individuals within LSA Connect regularly. They could also email lsa-opphub@umich.edu with their request to speak to someone in the subject line, and a member of our Alum Engagement Team will reach out to them.  

In what ways can I engage beyond financial giving?

An alum’s time and wisdom is as valuable to the Opportunity Hub as financial gifts; explore ways alums have been involved through the links provided above: share your expertise, share your story, or share your time