Dear Alumni, Family, and Friends,
Cultural diversity has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the history of humanity. Diversity – a defining feature of America’s past, present, and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance.
The University of Alabama must seek to achieve diversity among its student bodies and among its employees. The Capstone has a compelling interest in ensuring that people from all backgrounds perceive that access to the University is possible for talented students, staff, and faculty from all groups. The knowledge that The University of Alabama is open to qualified students from all groups, and thus serves all parts of the community equitably, helps sustain the social fabric of the University.
Diversity can enhance the ability of The University of Alabama to accomplish its academic mission, therefore, it should also be integral to the Capstone’s achievement of excellence. Diversity aims to broaden and deepen both the educational experience and the scholarly environment, as students and faculty learn to interact effectively with each other, preparing them to participate in an increasingly complex and pluralistic society. Ideas, and practices based on those ideas, can be made richer by the process of being born and nurtured in a diverse community. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership.
The University of Alabama National Alumni Association has helped to re-establish The University of Alabama Black Alumni Association and by doing so, the University has renewed its commitment in recognizing and nurturing merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity.
The purpose and goals of the UABAA are to:
The collective voice of UABAA will foster unity within the African American alumni community and promote inclusion and diversity at the Capstone. Join us as we continue to build the legacy for generations of African Americans to come as we honor our past and shape our future at The University of Alabama and beyond.
Johnny H. Edwards Jr., President
University of Alabama Black Alumni Association
The Social Committee is responsible for all things social with the UABAA and helps to connect the generations of black alumni though various social events throughout the year.
The Social Committee was responsible for successfully coordinating the 2016 Houndstooth and Heels Homecoming weekend as well as the 2016 SEC Championship Party in Atlanta, Georgia. Upcoming events include the 2017 Houndstooth and Heels Homecoming Weekend as well as the 2018 Black Alumni Weekend.
If you are interested in serving on the Social Committee or helping to sponsor an event please contact Stacey Hill at UABlackAlumniAssociation@outlook.com
UNIVERSITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The University Relations Committee was formed to help facilitate discussion, coordinate issues, and be the first line of communication between the University of Alabama and the UABAA. The University Relations Committee ensures that the UABAA is constantly connected with the ongoing administrative, social, civil and academic affairs of the University of Alabama through:
If you are interested in serving on the University Relations Committee please contact Jerry Jackson at email@example.com
The Membership Committee is responsible for monitoring all aspects of membership, including invitations, retention and education. Some of the functions of the membership committee are as follows:
If you are interested in serving on the Membership Committee please contact Ocie Fulford at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scholarship Committee plans, budgets, organizes, and implements programs to manage existing scholarships, create new scholarships, oversee scholarship selection, and communicate, both to the student body and alumni, available scholarships and how to apply for consideration. The Scholarship Committee is also responsible for organizing the annual Scholarship Gala which will be held in 2018.
If you are interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee or sponsoring a scholarship please contact Deonne Wilson at email@example.com for more information.
STUDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The Student Relations Committee is responsible for creating programs and initiatives directed to foster the growth and development of the current students at the Capstone.
The Student Relations Committee is currently working with the Black Student Union, Black Faculty and Staff and the UA Career Center to present a seminar and interactive training sessions in August 2017 entitled “Ready for the World”. The sessions will focus on networking, interview skills, resume writing and keys to professional success and will be held on the main campus of the University of Alabama and open to all students.
If you are interested in serving on the Student Relations Committee or being a sponsor for the Ready for the World Seminar Series, please contact Amber Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The membership drive for Charter Members of The University of Alabama Black Alumni Association is open. Charter Membership will offer a reduced rate for individuals, couples, and new graduates that make the commitment to build the largest chapter of the The University of Alabama National Alumni Association. Due to the fact that we are not geographically bound, we have the potential to be amazing! UA BAA is inclusive and invites all former students, spouses, friends, family and Alumni of The University of Alabama to become a part of the UA Black Alumni Association.
Dues are as follows:
* Must be a member of The University of Alabama National Alumni Association. NAA membership will be verified within 5 business days of BAA membership payment. In the event that a membership is found to be inactive, UA BAA will consider this to be a donation towards the UA BAA Scholarship Fund.
Benefits of Charter Membership:
Thank you for your consideration and continued support. For more information on becoming an active committee member please contact us at UABlackAlumniAssociation@outlook.com.