The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a 100 member volunteer group working within the UCLA Alumni Association to enhance the student experience and connect the student body with our incredible alumni.
Throughout the year, SAA volunteers plan social, career-oriented and school-unifying events.
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SAA volunteers serve on one of nine executive committees. All members meet weekly throughout the academic year to plan and produce SAA events and programs. Volunteers make lifelong friends as they work together and learn from one another.
Led by the Bruin Spirit Executive Director, the Bruin Spirit Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of UCLA spirit events, such as the Beat ’SC Bonfire and Rally and I ♥ UCLA Week. The Bruin Spirit Committee collaborates with other campus partners to bring these traditions to the student body and works to increase awareness of the university’s varied accomplishments. Through these events, the committee seeks to build and foster UCLA spirit and pride across campus by promoting unity among different entities. This committee also plans Senior Spirit events for the campus.
The Bruin Community committee is set on redefining the boundaries on what it truly means to meaningfully connect students, faculty, and alumni. The committee oversees SAA’s Award-Winning Dinner for 12 Strangers program, which is proudly entering its 52nd year of helping past and present Bruin attendees at over 350 dinners in over 20 countries. This Bruin-born tradition has also been replicated by hundreds of universities across the country. This committee is aimed at emphasizing the themes of bringing Bruins together to foster community values.
Led by the Internal Relations Executive Director, the Internal Relations committee is a long-standing committee whose primary job is to foster inclusivity and build community within the organization. This committee keeps all of SAA’s members enthusiastic and happy by planning community service projects and many other internal events to benefit, encourage and enhance the professional and personal relationships that develop within the organization.
The Leadership Development committee aims to cultivate the leadership skills exhibited by SAA members through creative and interactive workshops and presentations. Led by the Leadership Development Executive Director, this committee is also tasked with overseeing the SAA new member curriculum, one that educates new members and integrates them into the organization. The Leadership Development committee also plans Winternal, an internal event meant to further encourage bonding within SAA.
Led by the Spring Sing Executive Director, the Spring Sing Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of Spring Sing, an annual show that brings the UCLA community together to share the experience of the university’s oldest and greatest musical tradition. Since its debut in 1945, Spring Sing has showcased UCLA’s most talented students performing song, dance and sketch comedy. The committee oversees the show’s talent, judges and awards, production and marketing.
The Professional Development Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of events and programs that create interactive connections between students and alumni, helping them to further their own professional development. Led by the Professional Development Executive Director, the committee provides students with the opportunity to engage with alumni through workshops, mock interviews and panel discussions, and explore their professional interests in a variety of fields. The annual event, Interview With a Bruin, will be accompanied by some newer events that focus on building your professional brand and developing industry specific skills.
The Alumni Relations Committee provides students with the opportunity to network with alumni to gain insight about specific careers and to develop meaningful relationships with alumni in fields of interest. Our signature event, Entertainment Networking Night, gives students the opportunity to learn about careers in the entertainment industry by interacting with UCLA alumni in an informal roundtable discussion. Our “Alumni Networking Series” will provide this format for other popular industries.
Led by the External Relations Executive Director, the External Relations Committee seeks to understand the needs and goals of the campus and to create lasting and memorable relationships with campus partners and constituents. Members of the committee work to provide insights and resources for each committee which will allow the organization to be a reflection of the UCLA community.
Led by the Media Marketing Executive Director, the Media Marketing Committee seeks to maintain and enhance the brand of the Student Alumni Association. This committee will design and create the strategy on marketing campaigns for each external event through e-mail, print, and social media engagement. They are responsible for communicating the story of the Student Alumni Association and creating a space for all Bruins to feel welcome.