ALUMNite 2019


AlumNite—NYU Wagner's social, scholarly, and celebratory alumni event of the year! 

Join fellow NYU Wagner alumni at New York’s iconic Angelika Film Center for a night of socializing and celebration. You’ll learn about the new and exciting things happening at NYU Wagner, hear two “WagTalks” from faculty, and help celebrate the impact alumni are making around the world. 

Immediately following the program, a networking reception at the Puck Building (a 4-minute walk from the Angelika) will include hors d’oeuvres; wine, beer, and soda; and a photographer on-site to take professional headshots—perfect for LinkedIn.


DATE: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TIME: 6:30-9:30pm | Doors open: 6:00pm

LOCATION: Angelika Film Center, 18 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012



$50—early bird (ends on 11:59pm EDT on Monday, September 30)

$75—regular ticket

Purchase Tickets

Alumni Impact Award: Kristin Van Busum

Kristin Van Busum’s work in Nicaragua wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with children. She was there on a Fulbright scholarship to study the problems that small farmers faced in gaining access to food markets. But when a persistent young girl began demanding that Van Busum become her teacher, the Boston-based policy-worker had an awakening. She was surrounded by the children of poor, rural coffee farmers—children who were isolated, uneducated, and essentially invisible. Her Fulbright work never came to fruition, but instead gave way to Project Alianza, an educational initiative that is building schools, hiring teachers, and eliminating learning barriers in the coffee-growing communities of Nicaragua, and beyond. Focusing on literacy, health and hygiene, environmental sustainability, and gender equality, Project Alianza has educated over 2,000 students in 22 communities.

In addition to leading Project Alianza, Van Busum is a public speaking coach at BostonSpeaks and cofounder of WomenSpeaks where she trains emerging women leaders and entrepreneurs to become fearless and confident public speakers. Van Busum was recently selected as a 2019 NYU Changemaker, and in 2018, was selected as a winner in the MassChallenge Boston accelerator for founding a high-potential, high-impact startup. She is a TEDx speaker, an Aspen Institute Fellow, and previously worked at RAND Corporation. Van Busum has backpacked to 40+ countries and is currently planning a trip to Antarctica for her mom's 70th birthday. She loves to salsa and bachata, and is a proud capstone client and Wagnerd alumna.


Jan Blustein, Professor of Health Policy and Medicine

How Do We Improve Healthcare for Those With Hearing Loss?
Research shows that people with disabilities—including those with hearing loss, a widespread disability—receive poor healthcare. So what can we do about it? In this talk, Professor Blustein will discuss recent developments around enhancing care for those with hearing loss and prospects for further improvements.


Jonathan J. Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative

Financial Technology for Social Change
Cities are growing across the globe. This rapid urbanization is creating new opportunities but leaving many of the rural poor behind. In this talk, Professor Morduch will discuss new research that shows how mobile technology can help very poor families in rural Bangladesh take advantage of urban jobs, reducing their poverty but placing extra burdens on migrants.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Platinum Supporters: $750 minimum

Gold Supporters: $350 minimum

If you are interested in joining the Host Committee, please contact Tom Hernandez, Director of Alumni and Student Engagement (