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The Vermont Connection

Abstract

Alumni can play an important role in supporting diversity and diverse populations on campus, yet underrepresented communities such as women, people of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) alumni have been largely untapped by alumni and development offices. Proper training, sustained commitment, and culturally-specific targeted stewardship cannot only be financially rewarding, but can also work to combat myths, stereotypes and prejudice. This article will discuss the challenges and benefits involved in using stewardship to target these communities, followed by recommendations for practice and areas of further research.