Alumni who are bound together by common characteristics, interests, and concerns may wish to form groups at their own initiative for purposes that are consistent with those of the Alumni Association. 

In order to be chartered by the Alumni Association, a group must apply to the Alumni Leadership Council for review of the group’s name, charter, purposes, plans, and operation. Upon concluding that the group is consistent with the bylaws, policies, and procedures of the association, and that the group does not contravene the purposes of the association, the council may recognize the self-defined group as an official chartered group of the association. Chartered groups are recognized by Oberlin College and receive the support of the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations. 

Active affiliate/chartered groups include:

  • Oberlin Alumni Association of African Ancestry (OA4)
  • Oberlin Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (OAPAAA)
  • Oberlin Christian Alumni Association (OCAA)
  • Oberlin College Alumni Bowlers Association (OCABA)
  • EnviroAlums
  • John W. Heisman Club
  • Oberlin Lambda Alumni (OLA)
  • Oberlin Latino/a Alumni Association (OLAA)
  • Oberlin Steel Alumni Association (OSteel)
  • Oberlin College Ultimate Players Alumni Association
  • Oberlin Club of Metropolitan New York
  • Oberlin Club of Washington, DC

Each affiliate/chartered group selects its own chair, cochairs, and steering committee members. The Alumni Leadership Council annually solicits applications from official alumni groups for the opportunity to assume a seat on the council.

For information about forming a new affiliate/chartered alumni group, send e-mail to the Office of Alumni Relations at

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