Thank you to everyone who attended our event to celebrate the launch of the San Francisco chapter of the Emily Carr University Alumni Association! Our group stayed till the lights came up and the music was turned off – and even then we just didn’t want to leave.
The San Francisco Chapter is the second US representation of the ECU Alumni Association, following the launch of our chapter in New York. Our launch celebration event took place at Jasper’s Kitchen in the Serrano Hotel, on the edge of San Francisco’s transforming Tenderloin district. The atmosphere was loud and lively, and our dedicated server Trevor made sure all our guests were well taken care of and never had to ask for anything. Thanks Trevor!
We had many very interesting conversations with alumni regarding the complexities of being a Canadian citizen working in the United States, and got a lot of great suggestions regarding the kind of information the Emily Carr Alumni office could be providing for grads who might be considering a move to California. Although every person’s experience was unique, we were impressed to learn how helpful most employers are when it comes to recruiting Canadian employees. We were also delighted to learn of The Digital Moose Lounge, a group that provides resources and connections for Canadians working in Silicon Valley. Check out their great events and volunteer opportunities at www.digitalmooselounge.us.
Many of the alumni who attended the San Francisco event were graduates of the Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, and the launch party was the first opportunity they had to network face-to-face. The party was also an opportunity for our San Francisco alumni to meet Dave Humphrey, current President of the Emily Carr University Alumni Association. Dave generously donated his time to helping us host this event, and we were very happy to have him there to represent the Alumni Association. Thanks again for joining us in San Francisco, Dave!
We would also like to extend special thanks to alumni Farhez Rayani and Tasneem Babul Rayani who helped with both the organization of the event and the creation of the San Francisco Alumni Association chapter. Farhez and Tasneem have a great deal of experience and information to share regarding working as creative professionals in San Francisco, and, lucky for us, they have generously agreed to share those experiences with other alumni considering the move.
Over the next year, we will be working with Farhez, Tasneem and others in San Francisco to create some initiatives specifically designed for alumni living in the area. If you would like to be a part of the Emily Carr community in San Francisco, there are several ways to stay connected:
Join our Emily Carr University Alumni and Emily Carr Alumni | San Francisco LinkedIn groups
Connect with Farhez and Tasneem on LinkedIn
Follow us on Twitter
Like us on Facebook
Subscribe to our occasional but timely email updates
And, of course, you are always welcome to contact our office directly at email@example.com.
We look forward to launching more regional alumni chapters – if you would like one in your city, let us know!