Join your local alumni group and benefit from a wealth of combined knowledge and experiences

Kathryn (Kay) Floyd (MA War Studies, 2006), president of the King's Washington DC Alumni Committee

Kathryn (Kay) Floyd (MA War Studies, 2006) is the Mass Violence & Terrorism Visiting Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice. Earlier this year she became the president of the King’s Washington DC Alumni Committee. She tells us about the great benefits of staying in touch with King’s and getting involved with your local alumni group.

King’s has active alumni groups all over the world. Many have their own International Alumni Leaders or Committees. The volunteers or teams of alumni volunteers help bring local alumni together and build an engaged community. In the US alone, there are over 3,300 King’s alumni, with active Alumni Committees in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC and Alumni Leaders in many other locations.

Kay first got involved with the Washington DC alumni group in 2009, when she was invited to speak at one of their events along with journalist Adam Boulton. At the event, she was introduced to the president of the committee at the time, Angela Crowdy (Spanish & Portuguese, 1984), who invited Kay to join as a member.

‘We are a very diverse group of alumni, united by our love of King's. We have everything from most recent graduates to individuals who finished their studies decades ago. Off-the-top of my head, we have members ranging from a grants specialist at USAID, a retired US Army Colonel, a specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, and a venture capitalist. We have a little bit of everything and welcome alumni in all careers, or those who are looking for their next opportunity.’

With such a range of experience, skills and knowledge, becoming part of your local alumni group is a great way of meeting new people, learning more about an industry, finding a mentor or even developing a partnership for your next project. One of the key ways committees help bring alumni together is through events.

‘Coming out to a King's alumni event gives you the opportunity to connect with your classmates, but also meet individuals from other programmes who settled here. We try to introduce people and encourage mingling so you can strengthen your relationship with other King's alumni.

We host alumni gatherings at least four times a year, but often upwards of six. We have activities planned for Guy Fawkes Night, the Georgian Papers Project, Duel Day, plus a few other surprises. That’s in addition to events that King’s brings to Washington.’

King’s hosts its own international events for alumni, in collaboration with the committees around the world. These include annual networking events in the US and South East Asia, and King’s international tours. As well as the networking opportunities, these events offer a fantastic chance to hear the latest King’s updates, research news and more from key King’s staff members and guest alumni speakers.

To find out more about your local alumni group, events and opportunities, please get in touch with your local International Alumni Committee or Leader.