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Greetings from Jonathan Mathis

Dear fellow alumni,
It’s the season of gratitude, and I am thankful to be your Alumni Association president. I am grateful that we could host another successful Multicultural Alumni Reunion this year and for all the energy those events brought to our community. Here’s hoping next year’s events will be held in person!
I am also particularly grateful for an opportunity each month to share with you some of the good work happening at AU.

  • The Peace Corps announced on November 2 that AU ranks first among universities in number of Paul D. Coverdell Fellows for 2020-21 academic year.
  • Two AU School of Education instructors have developed educational materials to help teachers connect with students to process emotions related to the pandemic in connection with a large-scale art installation on the National Mall. The exhibition – In America: Remember – from artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, includes more than 640,000 white flags planted on the National Mall to symbolize those who have died from COVID-19.
  • The School of Education and CityTutor DC are partnering to bring high-impact tutoring to DC elementary school students at Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School in Northeast DC.
  • SPA Professor Taryn Morrissey’s research was cited in the White House’s Build Back Framework fact sheet and by the White House Council of Economic Advisors and Treasury Department report.
  • Yesterday, the Sine Institute of Politics and Policy announced six new fellows who will join our community this spring. 

I hope you have been following the series of faculty experts featured in videos in recent weeks. The truly inspiring work showcased is just some of what is allowing AU to take on some of the greatest challenges of our time. 
Please consider how you can support the university during this exciting time. Knowing that Change Can’t Wait, we invite you to join us in the campaign for American University.


Jonathan Mathis, PhD, Kogod/BSBA ‘04