New platform to connect Marlboro College community

MARLBORO — Marlboro College is rolling out a new online platform where alumni can connect with each other as well as current students, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the college.

The service, called Branch Out, has been in development for nearly a year. Marlboro alumna Maia Segura, a 1991 graduate, is the project manager and consultant, and the platform is currently being tested by a group of volunteers from the community.

"I'm feeling super fortunate and excited to work with Marlboro College on this project," Segura said, according to a release from the college. "Branch Out will provide a medium that allows us to connect with the rich, unique resources that we all bring to the table, to strengthen the community, and help it to grow. Technology has finally caught up with the magic of hanging out on the dining hall steps with 2,500 of our favorite people."

The new platform will provide real-time opportunities for alumni to both benefit and give back through engagement opportunities, mentoring, events, and fundraising efforts. Similar platforms have been adopted at many colleges and universities worldwide over the last few years, and have been highly successful at increasing alumni engagement during particularly challenging times for institutions of higher education.

"Imagine a virtual commons for the full Marlboro College community, because that's just what Branch Out offers," alumni director Kathy Waters said in the news release. "Everyone will occupy the same cyberspace to share stories, support each other, create interest groups, mentor, offer resources and advice, and give or get a helpful nudge to careers."


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