University alumni can now connect with each other in a new digital space through Harding Network, built through a University partnership with the digital company Graduway. The Office of Alumni Relations launched Harding Network in May at network.harding.edu as a tool for alumni to communicate with each other and stay up to date on what’s happening at Harding.
“Alumni involvement and engagement are vital components in every university,” Vice President for Alumni and Parent Relations Liz Howell said. “In July 2019, the board of trustees alumni relations committee met to explore ways we could create more opportunities to ensure our graduates find jobs.”
After a recommendation from a colleague at another university, Howell explored what the Graduway platform could offer. Campus stakeholders from various areas of campus weighed in on how the platform could be used by alumni and campus representatives to share information and events.
“Harding Network brings everything together on one page with information, events and jobs and gives a more efficient and cohesive network to help new graduates and alumni to navigate their interests and connections,” Howell said.
While the platform was created with alumni in mind, University employees and students also may use the platform to network and find professional mentors or mentees.
“Students will be introduced to Harding Network as they are planning their courses of study,” Howell said. “We will have mentors and internships in place to streamline the process of enhancing their college experience and close the gap between graduation and job placement.”
The site is integrated with other digital platforms so users can create and customize an account with their existing Facebook, Google or LinkedIn profile, which makes signing up and importing personal information easy. The platform combines personal profiles with professional networking to create a space where users can access a directory of other users, find upcoming events of interest, and interact with alumni.
To create an account through Harding Network, visit network.harding.edu.