Rice Alumni Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are largely Houston-based groups that are formed on the basis of shared ethnicity, professional pursuits, leisure activities and other common interests. If you are interested in effective ways to connect with fellow alumni around a shared interest not listed below, please contact Kerry Pious, Associate Director of Alumni Regional Outreach.

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Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA)

Chair: Jamila Mensah ’00

The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) seeks to provide opportunities for Rice's black alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff to reinforce old relationships and develop new relationships with each other and with the Rice community as a whole.

Visit the ARUBA Website

Graduate Alumni Network (GAN)

The Graduate Alumni Network (GAN) offers programs, events and services that connect graduate alumni to Rice University, current graduate students and fellow graduate alumni. We seek to meet the unique needs of Rice's vibrant and talented graduate alumni community.

GAN hosts a variety of events each year, including:

Graduate Alumni & Student Networking Mixer at Valhalla during Homecoming weekend
Professional networking opportunities
Arts and theater networking socials and cocktail receptions
Pre-game tailgates at select sporting events
Mentorship and networking opportunities in conjunction with the Jones Graduate School of Business and Rice's Center for Career Development

If you are interested in supporting GAN's programming by making a financial contribution, please visit giving.rice.edu and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to "Graduate Degree Alumni Programming G82056-057000" in the "Special Instructions" field of the giving form.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on this group please contact alumni@rice.edu.

Graduate Liberal Studies Alumni Association (GLSAA)

President: Mary Lynn Fernau

The Rice University Graduate Liberal Studies Alumni Association (GLSAA) seeks to strengthen the ongoing relationship among graduates, the GLS program and the university through educational, intellectual and social activities.

To learn more about the group and become involved, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

To learn more about the Master of Liberal Studies program, please click here.

Praying Rice Owls (PRO)

The Praying Rice Owls are a group of Christians who pray for the University and the whole Rice community. We are alumni, students, faculty and staff members, parents, ministry leaders and friends of the University. The PRO's sponsor the annual Homecoming Prayer Breakfast, a time of fellowship and of unified prayer. We stay connected throughout the year via e-mail updates.

To be added to the e-mail list, please contact Ryn Bowers ’64 at rynb@att.net.

Rice Alumni Entrepreneurs & Innovators (RAEI)

As a global powerhouse in entrepreneurship education, Rice University has a world-class community of alumni who are engaged in entrepreneurial and innovative pursuits. Our alumni have transformed industries through the creation and funding of game changing startups as well as established, first-in-class entrepreneurial ecosystems around the globe.

The Rice Alumni Entrepreneurs & Innovators (RAEI) group seeks to connect Rice alumni and students in support of entrepreneurship and innovation through networking, mentoring and professional development.

For more information about this group, please contact Caitlin Bolanos, associate director for the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Visit the RAEI Website

Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM)

President: Ishmeal Bradley ’03

The goal of the Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM) alumni group is to serve as a platform for collaboration between healthcare alumni, the medical community and Rice University students. RAM members facilitate this goal through student support, mentorship opportunities, lifelong learning and professional networking.

To learn more about the group and become involved, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

Visit the RAM Website
Visit the RAM Facebook Page

Rice Alumni Pride (RAP)

Chair: Victor Brooks ’09

Rice Alumni Pride (RAP) seeks to unite Rice alumni who are either members of our extended gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex community or who are supportive friends and allies of this group.

Visit the RAP Website

Rice Business Network (RBN)

Chair: Tony Ackerman ’82

The Rice Business Network (RBN) is dedicated to helping members of the Rice community succeed in life and business through personal development, professional development and interpersonal connections. We offer a platform for all alumni to share knowledge, to support each other's business endeavors and to enhance the value of the Rice experience.

For more information about this group, please contact alumni@rice.edu.

Support RBN

If you are interested in supporting RBN's programming by making a financial contribution, please visit giving.rice.edu and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to the "Rice Business Network G82231-057000" in the "Special Instructions" field of the giving form.

Visit the RBN LinkedIn Group
Visit the RBN Facebook Page

Rice Engineering Alumni (REA)

President: Adam Gottlieb ’03

Formed in 1938, Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) is the oldest alumni organization at Rice and is dedicated to providing support to the George R. Brown School of Engineering. All graduates of the nine departments of the George R. Brown School of Engineering are automatically members of REA. In February and March of each year, REA accepts applications for positions on its Board of Directors. Please see the REA website for details.

Visit the REA Website

Rice University Business and Professional Women (RUBPW)

Chair: Sharon Keith ’79

Rice University Business and Professional Women (RUBPW) is a group of Rice-affiliated women whose mission is to mutually benefit fellow Rice alumni through business, professional and social events. RUBPW members gather monthly to network and socialize, enjoy dinner at Houston-area restaurants and hear interesting speakers. Despite the name, you do not have to be in business or profession, and you don't even have to be a woman!

For more information about this group, please contact alumni@rice.edu.

Rice University Community of Asian Alumni (RUCAA)

Co-President: Francine Di ’03

Co-President: Catherine Rowntree ’09

The Rice University Community of Asian Alumni (RUCAA, pronounced ruh-kah) seeks to build community among all Rice Asian alumni, international and American-born, undergraduate and graduate, HAPA and Asian-by association. RUCAA supports member involvement in Rice affairs, promotes members' person and professional development and advocates for Asian issues at Rice and in the Greater Houston Community.

Follow us on Facebook or for more information about this group, please contact us at alumni@rice.edu.

Rice University Lawyer Alumni (RULA)

The Rice University Lawyer Alumni (RULA) group connects Rice alumni who are involved with the legal profession through networking, mentoring and professional development. RULA also provides members with opportunities to engage with and be mentors for current Rice students interested in pursuing legal careers and for Rice alums who are currently in law school.

If you are interested in supporting RULA's programming by making a financial contribution, please visit giving.rice.edu and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to the "Rice University Lawyer Alumni G83070-057000" in the "Special Instructions" field of the giving form. Sponsorships are available. Contact alumni@rice.edu regarding sponsorship opportunities.

If you are interested in volunteering to plan events for Rice’s lawyer alumni, please email alumni@rice.edu and a member of the alumni relations team will be in touch to explore ways for you to get involved.

RULA was established under the leadership and guidance of the following alumni and friends:

Executive Committee

  • James Lloyd ’06, Corporate Attorney, M&A and Capital Markets
  • Claudia Gee Vassar ’99, President & General Counsel, Houston Botanic Garden
  • Col. Thomas Berg ’74, Partner, Mallett | Saper | Berg LLP
  • Michol Ecklund ’97, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Callon Petroleum Co.

Advisory Board

Teddy Adams ’91, Rice Board of Trustees; Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski
Sofia Adrogué ’88, Member, Looper Reed & McGraw, PC
Bucky Allshouse ’71, Rice Board of Trustees; J.D. Bucky Allshouse PC
Bob Clarke ’63, ARA Board President; Member, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Harry Gee ’60, Principal, Harry Gee, Jr. & Associates
Judge Ann Patton Greene ’71, Associate Judge, Harris County Probate Court 2
Frank Jones ’63, Retired Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
Justice Evelyn Keyes ’85, Justice, First Court of Appeals; Distinguished Lecturer of Philosophy, Rice University
Harry Reasoner ’60, Rice Board of Trustees, Senior Partner, Vinson & Elkins, LLP
Gwen Richard ’84, Shareholder, Godwin Lewis
Charles Szalkowski ’70, Alumni Trustee, Partner & General Counsel, Baker Botts LLP

Rice University Muslim Alumni (RUMA)

Chair: Osman Athar ’11

Rice University Muslim Alumni (RUMA) creates a strong sense of community and support among the Rice Muslim Alumni and fosters a dynamic network of involvement for individual, professional and societal leadership within and beyond the Rice Muslim Community.

RUMA is a developing alumni group. Information on how to become part of the leadership team will be posted soon. For more information about this group, please contact alumni@rice.edu.

Visit the RUMA Facebook Page
Visit the RUMA LinkedIn Group

Society of Latino Alumni of Rice (SOLAR)

President: Fernanda Pierre ’14

The Society of Latino Alumni of Rice (SOLAR) represents and promotes the Hispanic alumni of Rice University through networking, recruiting, civic and social opportunities. Membership in SOLAR is open to all alumni and affiliates of the university. SOLAR meets and hosts events and programs throughout the year.

For more information about this group, please contact us at SOLAR@ricealumni.net.

Visit the SOLAR Website
Visit the SOLAR LinkedIn Group

Society of Rice University Women (SRUW)

President: Julie Gianelloni Connor ’73

The Society of Rice University Women (SRUW), established in 1968, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. SRUW aims to promote an effective and continuing dialog between the university and its members. Originally formed as an alumnae group, SRUW is now open to all: male and female, alumni and non-alumni friends of Rice University. SRUW holds an annual speaker series, with fall and spring speakers. SRUW also organizes evening events with authors of recent books. Many, but not all, speakers in the SRUW series come from the Rice faculty. These programs can be subscribed to as a series, or attended on a walk-up basis. The calendar of speaker programs is available starting in August of each year. View the 2020-2021 SRUW Program schedule.

Most of the SRUW events are held in the R Room of the Rice stadium, but occasionally SRUW members gather for a talk in other Rice locations, such as the Moody Center for the Arts or the West Colleges Servery.

Traditionally, each year SRUW donates to the SRUW Scholarship Fund and, as funds allow, also donates to the Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center and the Shepherd School of Music. SRUW members also frequently volunteer at campus events.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact us at societyriceuniversitywomen@gmail.com.