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Initiatives

UCLA CKI alumni continue to be involved with the club and serve in different capacities.

UCLA CKI Alumni Meetings

The late Rich Thigpen (UCLA CKI Advisor 2006-2018) initiated and hosted the UCLA CKI Alumni Dim Sum Reunions since 2015. These meetings have become opportunities for alumni to reunite and stay connected to one another. We hope to continue this tradition as a commemoration of Rich’s legacy but also to shape and redefine the future of the UCLA CKI alumni network. Since Rich’s passing in June 2020, these alumni meetings have been hosted by Nguyet Tong (UCLA CKI Advisor 2018-present). 

Coffee Chats with Alumni

Coffee Chats with Alumni are designed to allow current club members to have targeted discussions with alumni in various fields and disciplines about specific career tracks and options after graduation. Alumni provide their own unique perspectives and experiences in the medicine, education, engineering, business and more in order to counsel members about early career development.

2023-2024: Neda Xaymountry

2021-2022 Participants: Calvin Ly (Class of 2019), Garvey Su (Class of 2013), Jonathan Yee (Class of 2010)

2020-2021 Participants: Marcela Caldera (Class of 2018), Angeli Indran (Class of 2019)

Career Development Night

Career Development Night is an annual professionalization event where alums assist current members with building their resumes and improving their job search skills through mock interviews, presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. 

2023: Nguyet Tong (Class of 2011)

2022 Virtual Career Panel: Bryan Wei (Class of 2011) and Nguyet Tong (Class of 2011)

2021 Alumni After Hours Participants: Garvey Su (Class of 2014), Sangeetha Ramachandran (Class of 2021), Belen Bravo (Class of 2021), and Ojo Ventura (Class of 2020)

2020 Participants: Khoa Vinh (Class of 2019) and Marcela Caldera (Class of 2018)

Alumni Takeover

Alumni Takeoverbrings UCLA CKI alumni back to campus to sit in on a general meeting, reconnect with other alums, and talk to current members about their experiences in the club and as board officers.

2020 Panelists: Marcela Caldera (Class of 2018), Nick Stringfellow (Class of 2018), and Sirivalli Chamarti (Class of 2013)

2019 Panelists: Garvey Su (Class of 2013), Helen Cheng (Class of 2008), Brian Wong (Class of 2011) and Fanny Hoang (Class of 2012)

Kiwanis Family Youth Events

Rowland K-Kids x UCLA CKI Tour – November 2023

SLP Appreciation Picnic with Culver City Kiwanis – May 2023, April 2024

Lincoln Builder’s Club x UCLA CKI Beach Cleanup – March 2023

Key to College – October 2022, November 2023

Larchmont Key Club x UCLA CKI Service and Kiwanis Family Campus Clean-up – May 2022

Rowland K-Kids x UCLA CKI Service Event – March 2021, November 2021, February 2023

Key Club Division 13S x UCLA CKI Kiwanis Family Event 2021

Special Events