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KU Black Alumni Network

The KU Black Alumni Network is dedicated to maximizing Black alumni participation in the affairs of the University and to promoting personal growth and professional development of our membership.
 
 

KU BLACK ALUMNI

Reunion

OCT. 14-16, 2021

The KU Black Alumni Network has planned a fun-filled weekend of virtual activities Oct. 14-16, 2021, during Homecoming weekend at the University of Kansas.

There is no charge to register for the Reunion Weekend activities. However, we encourage you to contribute to the Thomas Edison Vaughn Black Education Matters Scholarship fund which will begin awarding scholarships in 2025.

Please send your check to the University of Kansas Endowment Association, 1891 Constant Ave, Lawrence, KS 66047, Attn: Thomas Edison Vaughn Black Education Matters Scholarship, or make a donation online. Include Tom’s name in the “I am making this gift in honor of” field.

For questions about the reunion, contact Nick Kallail, assistant vice president of alumni & network programs, at nickkallail@kualumni.org.

Schedule of Virtual Reunion Events

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Black Alumni Reunion Weekend

The KUBAN Reunion Weekend Committee plans a biennial reunion, often during Homecoming weekend, for students, alumni, KU faculty and staff, and friends of KU.

Mike & Joyce Shinn Leaders & Innovators Award

The KU Black Alumni Network Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award recognizes leaders from the KU community for their impact on society.
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Black Alumni Network Emerging Leaders Award

The Black Alumni Network this year begins a new tradition of honoring young alumni for their professional achievements and community service.
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Black Alumni Network Scholarship

The Black Alumni Network has established a scholarship fund for qualified students entering KU as a freshman for the summer or fall semesters. To make a gift to the Black Alumni Scholarship fund, click below.
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Black Alumni Network Newsletter

Read the latest Black Alumni Network newsletter.
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KU Black Alumni Network Awards

The KU Black Alumni Network is proud to honor African-American alumni who have distinguished themselves and made a difference through demonstrated leadership and/or innovation to the University, their profession or society at large.

Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders & Innovators Award

The KU Black Alumni Network Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award acknowledges the contributions of individuals who have made their mark in varied ways and highlights in photographs and text the accomplishments of our honorees. The award, made possible through donations from KU alumnus Mike Shinn, was initiated in 2006 and brought to fruition through the coordinated efforts of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the KU Alumni Association, the Spencer Research Library and the KU Endowment Association.

Emerging Leaders Award

In 2021, the KU Black Alumni Network began a new tradition of honoring young alumni for their professional achievements and community service. Seven Jayhawks received the inaugural Emerging Leaders awards at the network’s biennial reunion Oct. 14-17, during Homecoming weekend.

Basketball Watch Parties | KU @ Texas Tech
Jan 8, 2022
| 3:00 pm
Watch KU Basketball with fellow Jayhawks in your network!

Plan Ahead!

KU Black Alumni Network Leaders

Tamara Huff-Johnson

President

c '12

Deacon Thomas

Past President

c '82

Michelle Wilson

President-Elect

c'90

Caleb Bobo

Secretary

c'16

Dave Roland

Director

e'80

Brenda Vann

Advocacy Co-Chair

d'71, g'72

Angela Nelson

Advocacy Co-Chair

j'88

Darryll Fortune

Communications Co-Chair

j'83

James Banks

Communications Co-Chair

b'78

Keon Stowers

Finance & Fundraising Chair

c'15

Caleb Bobo

Leaders & Innovators Award Chair

c'16

Tonya Waller

Leaders & Innovators Award Chair

c'93, EdD'18

Idalene Williams

Reunion Weekend Chair

b'76

Jill Hall

Reunion Weekend Co-Chair

s'86

Michelle Wilson

Young Alumni Student Programs Chair

c'90

JaShawn Walker

Young Alumni Student Programs Co-Chair

c'17

Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Network Programs

d'04, l'07

KU Black Alumni Network Leaders

President
Tamara Huff-Johnson, c’12

Past President
Deacon Thomas, c’82

President-Elect
Michelle Wilson, c’90

Secretary
Caleb Bobo, c’16

Director
Dave Roland, e’80

Advocacy Chair
Brenda Vann, d’71, g’72

Advocacy Co-Chair
Angela Nelson, j’88

Communications Co-Chair
Darryll Fortune, j’83

Communications Co-Chair
James Banks, b’78

Finance and Fundraising Chair
Keon Stowers, c’15

Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award Chair
Caleb Bobo, c’16

Mike and Joyce Shinn Leaders and Innovators Award Co-Chair
Tonya Waller, c’93, EdD’18

Reunion Weekend Chair
Idalene Williams, b’76

Reunion Weekend Co-Chair
Jill Hall, s’86

Young Alumni Student Programs Chair
Michelle Wilson, c’90

Young Alumni Student Programs Co-Chair
JaShawn Walker, c’17

Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Network Programs
Nick Kallail, d’04, l’07

Contact the KU Black Alumni Network

Questions about the KU Black Alumni Network? Fill out the form below and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.