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  • Home away from Home

    Whether it's been one or 30 years since you've been back to campus, we can't wait to welcome you "home" for Reunion.

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  • Connection

    Reconnect with Davidson and classmates and celebrate 30 years of the Davidson Black Alumni Network, which exists to support, inspire and engage Davidson's Black students and alumni academically, professionally and socially.

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  • Fellowship

    Join us February 16-18, 2018 for a weekend of education, fun and fellowship with your fellow Black alumni.

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  • Legacy

    Discuss the Black alumni legacy at Davidson and learn about the Black student experience at Davidson today at our 2018 Black Alumni Reunion.

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  • What's New

    Throughout the weekend make sure to visit our new and renovated spaces on campus, like the Multicultural Center in the Alvarez College Union.

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Schedule of Events

Registration is now open and is $50 per person, $65 for those staying through Sunday brunch. We are still finalizing some details for the weekend schedule, including some speakers and locations. Stay tuned here for updates!

Friday

2 - 4:15 p.m.
Check-in open
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

3 - 4:15 p.m.
Africana Studies Alumni Class
Location, faculty and topic TBA

4:30 - 6 p.m.
Diversity at Work: Career Panel and Alumni-Student Networking Event
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room
Non-alcoholic beverages and light bites provided

Panelists will share insights regarding challenges, opportunities, and strategies they have employed as they have navigated their careers, reflecting on ways to navigate personal and professional spaces post-Davidson. Open networking and socializing around industry clusters will follow the panel. Facilitated by Tiffany Waddell Tate, associate director of the Center for Career Development.

  • Vincent Benjamin '04, director of Americas, App Annie
  • Keneya Edwards '12, senior human resources generalist, Cigna
  • Andre Kennebrew '82, senior manager, Chick-fil-A
  • Kristal High Taylor '04, owner/president, Digicon Ventures

6 - 7 p.m.
NPHC Alumni-Student Meetup
Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union

8 - 10 p.m.
Alumni Gathering
Summit Outpost, Patterson Court
Informal meetup, food and beverage available for purchase

Alumni are welcome to have dinner around town or campus on Friday evening between 6 and 8 p.m. Vail Commons is open between 5 and 7 p.m. (dinner $13 per adult, $6.50 per child 2 - 12). Dinner at Davidson, a student-organized event benefiting the Davidson Trust, will also be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. We will post additional details and registration information for Dinner at Davidson when it is available in January. The committee is also looking into late-night showings of the Black Panther movie.

Saturday

8:45 - 11 a.m.
Check-in open
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Light breakfast items provided

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Campus Tours
Meet your student tour guide in the 900 Room. Tours will leave at 9 a.m. Tour new and renovated spots on campus, including the E. Craig Wall Academic Center, Lula Bell's Resource Center, the Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice, and the Multicultural Center in the Alvarez College Union.

10:15 - 11 a.m.
Alumni Meet & Greet
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Informal time to connect and reconnect

11 a.m.
Morning Session
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union

  • Welcome: Committee Chairs Janet Stovall '85, Charlie Shaw '01, Kaneisha Gaston Arhin '13
  • Presidential Address and Q&A with Carol E. Quillen
  • Davidson Today: Campus Perspectives
    Panelists: Allen Rigby, Assistant Dean, Office of Admission and Financial Aid; Byron McCrae, Dean of Students

12:30 p.m.
Alumni-Student Lunch and Family Feud
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Alumni and students from the Black Student Coalition (BSC) will have lunch, then participate in the card game Trading Races. Facilitated by Karin Douglas '88 and Janet Stovall '85.

2:30 - 5 p.m.
DBAN College: Alumni-Led Concurrent Sessions

2:30 p.m. (select one):

New Vistas: Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Davidson
Room 209, Alvarez College Union

  • Michelle Serrano-Mills '90 and Linsey Mills '92, founders, The Callinz Group
  • Davidson Innovation & Entrepreneurship staff

Iron Sharpening Iron: Helping Davidson's Next Generation
Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union

Experience is a great teacher, but shared experience is a better one. Enlightening, empowering or both, your Davidson experience combined with your professional experience can make you an invaluable resource to current students. Davidson alumni volunteers will speak about ways that they support the Davidson student experience, whether through time, talent, or treasure, and share ways that you can get involved. Obai Kamara '17, the college's first recipient of the Emergence Scholarship, will also speak about his time at Davidson and what alumni helped to make possible for him. 

3:45 p.m. (select one):

We Strike Straight: Telling Black Stories in non-Black Spaces
Sprinkle Room, Alvarez College Union

Zora Neale Hurston said, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” In this session, Davidson Black alumni writers explore what it means to be both inquirer and inquisitor in a time where Black voices most need but are less likely to be heard. The multidisciplinary panel spanning journalism, academe and corporate America will discuss such key issues as how we insert and assert messages that matter and empower, and the nature of communication in the new-to-some, but familiar-to-us, environment of fake news and suppressed protest.

  • Issac Bailey '95, journalist, race relations consultant, and James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy, Davidson College
  • David Dennis '08, freelance writer and Adjunct Professor of English/Journalism, Morehouse College
  • Janet Stovall '85, executive communications manager, UPS

The Soul of the Giver: An Insiders' Look at Black Philanthropy
Room 209, Alvarez College Union

Despite a deep racial wealth gap, African Americans have a long history of philanthropic commitment. Not surprisingly, Davidson alumni are deeply committed, actively involved and effectively leading in philanthropy at all levels. In this session, four Black alumni offer unique perspectives on philanthropy—what it means for African Americans, the empowerment it enables and why African American giving is more important now than ever. 

  • Karin Douglas '88, senior consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits
  • Jemela Peterson '13, founder, SocialPreneur Lab
  • Kwame Som-Pimpong '09, manager, Africa Business Fellowship

7 - 9:30 p.m.
Alumni Cocktail Hour and Dinner
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building

9:30 p.m.
Late-Night Party with DJ
Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers Building
Light bites provided; cash bar

Note that there is a home Men’s Basketball game vs. UMass on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Alumni who elect to attend the game instead of the dinner can purchase individual tickets online or call the ticket office at 1-800-768-CATS. Alumni who do not attend the dinner are welcome to join us for the late-night party.

Sunday

10:30 a.m.
Gospel Brunch featuring Rebecca Essah '01
C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union