Welcome

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:

  • Promote the welfare of The University of Alabama by supporting the goals and objectives of The University of Alabama National Alumni Association
  • Increase Black Alumni involvement in The University of Alabama National Alumni Association and The University of Alabama
  • Foster organizational support of both Black Alumni and Black Undergraduates at The University of Alabama
  • Encourage increased communication and dialogue between Black Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff and The University of Alabama Administration
  • Empower promising Black students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential through financial support of scholarships.
  • Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Black Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff by ensuring that their individual and collective contributions and achievements are acknowledged, praised and recorded.
  • Nurture the spirit of family, belonging and organization among Black Alumni graduates through the promotion of social events

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.

Sincerely,

Johnny H. Edwards Jr., President
University of Alabama Black Alumni Association

Officers

 

 

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SOCIAL COMMITTEE
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:

  • Establishing positive relationships with key administration officials at the University of Alabama
  • Communicating with the Black Student Union to ensure that the UABAA recognizes and responds to the immediate needs and welfare of the black students at the University of Alabama
  • Working with the Black Faculty and Staff to coordinate efforts and establish a unified front among the two organizations.

If you are interested in serving on the University Relations Committee please contact Jerry Jackson at jerryjaxn@comcast.net

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
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:

  • Develop/Revise Annual Membership Recruitment and Retention Plan
  • Determine and respond to members’ needs
  • Determine and implement methods to recognize and reward members
  • Determine and implement methods to involve members in committees, programs, and activities.
  • Record Current UABAA Membership Statistics
  • Update Membership Contact Information

If you are interested in serving on the Membership Committee please contact Ocie Fulford at ocie004@aol.com

 

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
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 edeonnewilson1@gmail.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 amberbuchanan10@gmail.com.

Membership

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:

  • New Graduate Membership: $10.00  ($15.00 after April 30, 2017)
  • Single Membership: $20.00  ($25.00 after April 30, 2017)
  • Joint Membership: $35.00  ($40.00 after April 30, 2017)

* 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:

  • Reduced Membership Dues through 2018
  • Recognition as Charter Member during future events
  • Priority Access to Event Sales and Possible Discounts when Applicable
  • Communication of Executive Board Priorities (ie. Newsletter, Magazine, mailings, emails)
  • Students and Nomination are eligible for Scholarship Funds contingent upon attendance at The University of Alabama

Thank you for your consideration and continued support. For more information on becoming an active committee member please contact us at UABlackAlumniAssociation@outlook.com.

UA BAA Membership Drive