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Black Alumni Network

The mission of the Baldwin Wallace Black Alumni Network is to strengthen relationships among Black alumni, support current students and reconnect Black alumni to campus. This is accomplished by a mix of social, professional and philanthropic activities and initiatives. The organization is led by a diverse group of alumni volunteers representing several generations of Black experiences at BW.

Social & Professional

Hosting a variety of programming throughout the year, the BW Black Alumni Network fosters of community of alumni, students, faculty, and staff with shared experience and building connection to one another.

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events:

Black Alumni Network’s Black Alumni Weekend: April 12-13, 2024

Friday, April 12
6:30 p.m. Dr. Obie Bender Multicultural Awards Ceremony at the Strosacker Student Union
9:00 p.m. Alumni Mixer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Saturday, April 13
10:00 a.m. Building Our Hive Workshops at the Strosacker Student Union
1:00 p.m. "Welcome Black" Block Party at the Strosacker Student Union
7:00 p.m. Denim & Blues Fundraiser Party at Tony K’s, Tickets: $35

Learn More and Register

Black Alumni Network at Bold & Gold Homecoming: September 28, 2024

Details coming soon!

For more information about upcoming alumni events, visit the events calendar.

Seeking Mentors

The Black Alumni Network is seeking mentors for students and recent alumni interested in post-graduate life and navigating their careers. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please complete the mentor sign up form.

Complete Sign Up Form


In 2022, the Black Student Alliance Scholarship Fund was established to benefit current students at BW.

2023 Recipients

Emony Harris '23 is a U.S. Navy veteran and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies. As a student, she was a member of Lambda Phi Eta Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

Jaydon McMillon is a current junior business administration major with plans to pursue a career in data analytics. He is the Chair of the Black Student Alliance Men in Action program, a member of the football team, and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

2022 Recipients

Sherman Lawson '23 is from Cleveland and a graduate of Rhodes High School. He was a communication studies major and an English and human resources minor. He was a member of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and previously served on the executive board.

Sherman Lawson

LaChyra Lewis is originally from Cincinnati and a graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She is a BW junior and sports management major and marketing minor. Lewis is a First-Year Experience peer leader, Jacket Link - peer coordinator, vice president/marketing director for the Black Student Alliance, and the student director of weekly programs in the Brain Center for Community Engagement..

LaChyra Lewis

Give Back

While donations to BW are welcome all year, events such as Giving Tuesday (the week after Thanksgiving) and BW Gives (in the spring) provide extra energy and the power of matches and challenges. Watch your inbox and social media for details.

Give Today

Get Involved

The Black Alumni Network is organized by the following committees with support from BW's Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and the Center for Inclusion.

If you are interested in joining any of the following committees, please send an email to

  • Finance Chair - Deborah Anderson '84
  • Social Accountability - Tara Brown-Durgans '84
  • Communications Chair Kia Grayson '18
  • Social Co-Chairs - Margaret Harris '84 and Armand Rivers '15, '15 (MBA)
  • Mentorship Chair - Deanna Loggins '18
  • Scholarship Chair - Sara Lyons '82