Our Alumni: Once a DeKA, always a DeKA!

Membership in DKA doesn’t end at graduation. Graduating members of DKA in good standing receive alumni status when chapters submit their Graduate Reporting Form each semester or quarter. DKA is a volunteer-based organization and depends on the support of its alumni and volunteers to assist in chapter stability. There are a number of ways alumni can remain engaged members of DKA.

Board of Governors: A chapter's Board of Governors is formed by Graduate Council (alumni) members who act as advisory and supervisory council to chapter leaders and members with the primary goal to ensure their chapter continues to thrive. BOGs are a vital part of the DKA National structure. The BOG currently reports directly to the National Councilor assigned to their chapter. Both the Resident Council President and Treasurer serve on the Board of Governors and attend monthly BOG meetings. Reach out to your Alumni Relations chair or chapter leadership if you are interested in joining your chapter's BOG. If your chapter does not currently have an active BOG and you're interested in starting one, please fill out this BOG Interest Form to learn more. 

Alumni Committee: The Alumni Committee was founded by Cory Darling and Quinn Rodriguez in 2018 with the goal of creating a space for alumni to reconnect with each other and their DKA roots.  It has grown into an amazing group of passionate DeKA volunteers who are dedicated to serving and supporting the DKA alumni community through curating programming and resources to help alumni flourish. If you are interested in joining the Alumni Committee please contact our National Alumni Director, Cory Darling at [email protected].

What We Offer Alumni

Our Alumni Committee is here to keep our alumni connected and supported throughout the next chapters of their lives. Alumni have access to a wide range of professional resources, networking opportunities, events and programming designed to help them stay connected with each other and grow professionally. The DKA alumni community is a built-in support system and network ready to help each and every alum achieve their goals. Below is a list of what we currently offer alumni.

Alumni Spotlight Series: Created with the intention of connecting young alumni with older alumni, each session spotlights a distinguished alumni member and what they do. 

Past Spotlights:

  • Quinn Rodriguez, Entertainment Coordinator, Office of the President at Universal Content Productions
  • Searit Huluf, Story Coordinator, Pixar
  • Charlotte Balogh, Development Coordinator, Mad Ghost Productions
  • Rachel Joy Victor, Strategist, Worldbuilder, Narrative Designer
  • Michael Stampler, Cinematographer
  • Hillary Levi, Creative Executive
  • Tobias Deml, Social Impact Filmmaker
  • Jovan Robinson, Television Drama Writer
  • Ryan Bartley, Voice Actor
  • Sherif T. Bakare, Creative Assistant at Netflix and multi-hyphenate producer
  • Farrah Su, Cinematographer, Photographer

MasterClasses: Our masterclasses focus on a specific topic or theme to help alumni navigate post grad life. These classes feature industry professionals at the top of their game.

Past classes include:

  • Resume Workshop with Krista Parkinson
  • Panel on Production During Covid-19
  • Cooking with Confidence with OliveJess
  • Women in Film & TV with Morgan Dameron
  • How To Buy Your First Home with Andy Dulman 

Town Halls: Hosted by the Education and Embodiment Committee, these are non-judgmental, safe spaces to discuss issues affecting alumni within DKA and the film industry as a whole.

Mentorship Program: The DKA Alumni Mentorship Program is an annual program designed to connect older alumni as mentors to help younger alumni settle into post-grad life and jump start their careers. Over 50 alumni have been paired with mentors, 2-3 years older, who have helped them take their next steps.

Mixers: With a goal of keeping alumni connected with each other, our mixers provide a professional and relaxed space for alumni to network and reconnect. Over the last two years we have been able to host six seasonal mixers, ranging from picnics, beach days, brewery events and panels. In December 2020 we hosted our first virtual mixer for 60 of our alumni members with great success.

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