University of Michigan graduates are some of the proudest alumni around. Anywhere in the world, if you go out wearing a Michigan shirt, someone will greet you with "Go Blue!"
When U-M offered the nation’s first college-level forestry course in 1881, it staked a claim to environmental leadership for decades to come. Since then, our school — which has been called, successively, the School of Forestry and Conservation, SNR (the School of Natural Resources), SNRE (the School of Natural Resources and Environment), and now SEAS — has trained 10,000 students to practice and promote responsible stewardship of our natural world.
When you become a SEAS student, you gain access to this immense network. As leaders and accomplished professionals, SEAS alumni provide invaluable guidance to students. Whether through mentorships, internships, or networking invitations, alumni support students in their efforts to become the next leaders of environment and sustainability.
Joe Arvai, Professor: A real jewel for the Erb Institute, for SEAS, and the University of Michigan in general is its alumni base: people in business, people in politics, people who've been active in social movements. If you just look inside of SEAS, I can think that people like Kerry Duggan who was one of the advisers to Joe Biden when he was Vice President. I look at doctors. I look at other kinds of activists who've made a real difference in their communities, in Flint, for example.
Rebecca Hardin, Associate Professor: And people say this is one of the biggest alumni networks in the world. But you don't really realize what that means until you say: I want to solve this problem here. Who can I call? And it's like, well, how about this 100 people?
Dorceta E. Taylor, Professor: Washington DC—huge huge alumni network, New York, Chicago, Boston. So we have these wonderful clusters domestically, but also internationally.
Rebecca Hardin, Associate Professor: So I asked here if I could have a list of the Michigan alumni in Nairobi. Well, there are a lot of them. And I thought, OK, if there are this many Wolverines in Nairobi, Kenya. I mean, what must Milwaukee and San Francisco look like?
Jim Gawron, MS/MBA ’19: If you have a company or an industry or function that you are interested in, I guarantee you, you will find a Wolverine in that very spot, succeeding in that career somewhere where you can reach out and ask them for advice or resources that can help you break into that field, as well. And I've never had an email or an “ask” go unanswered.
Cailin Buchanan, MSE/MS ’18: You know, having connections all around the world really helps you when you're looking for a job or when you're looking for a change of city. You know, you can find that community that you had here at school anywhere in the world. I look forward to taking advantage of that.