Black Alumni Form Advisory Board
Black Alumni of Guilford College has been formed to operate as an advisory board in partnership with the Alumni Association Board.
The group’s mission is to engage black alumni of the College in the academic and off-campus experience of students; the education and inclusion of administrators; and the promotion of lifelong traditions, pride and loyalty among alumni.
David Hopkins ’91 of Pittsburgh, Pa., serves as president of the 29-member advisory board, which was formed after a two-year organizational effort by a group of black alumni, the Alumni Board, the Multicultural Education Department and the Office of Alumni Relations. Black alumni have been active on a grassroots level in the past.
“Our vision is to create an empowered collegiate experience for students, expand the impact of administrative initiatives, and support the post-graduate endeavors of alumni,” said David. “We plan to engage black alumni in a lifelong commitment of participation, leadership, service, and celebration of culture and friendship.”
The BAGC has identified five goals:
- Facilitate professional and social networking of black alumni, students, faculty and staff.
- Collaborate with Guilford in the recruitment and retention of students.
- Support initiatives that raise funds to advance the development of black students and alumni.
- Assist in preserving the College’s black history and in recognizing successes in diversity.
- Assure an equitable, anti-racist, multicultural and socially relevant campus environment.
“The Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes the energy and enthusiasm of the Black Alumni Board as a way to expand our efforts to engage alumni and share the opportunities Guilford offers to students,” said Katherine Helms Cummings ’83, president of the Alumni Board. “We are glad to have an opportunity to partner with this new advisory board and build stronger ties with alumni who want to find a way to stay connected to Guilford.”
Guilford has approximately 1,500 black alumni. The College commemorated 50 years of integration with “Journeys in Blackness” programming in 2012-13. James McCorkle ’66 was the first African-American traditional-age student, enrolling in the fall of 1962.
The BAGC will meet with the Alumni Board over Homecoming & Family Weekend Sept. 19-22. On Friday of that weekend, Sept. 20, the BAGC and the Alumni Association will host a mixer for all alumni 5-7 p.m. at MJ’s Steak & Seafood, 620 Dolley Madison Road.