Davidson Black Alumni Network

Established in January 1988, DBAN addresses the specific concerns of, and advocates for, black students and alumni.

With more than 600 members across the country, DBAN exists to support, inspire and engage Davidson's Black students and alumni academically, professionally and socially via networks, initiatives and programs, connecting alumni and students to each other and to the Davidson College Community.


To learn more about how you can be involved with DBAN, email any of the executive body or advisory board members. Please make sure to include DBAN in your subject line.DBAN Induction Ceremony 2014

Executive Committee

Derrick Thompson '07, Co-Chair
Gerard Dash '12, Vice-Chair
Keneyá Edwards '12, Vice-Chair

Committee Co-Chairs

Membership Committee:
Eddison Wilkinson '12 and Shivonia Singleton '98

Programs & Events Committee:
Erica Wallace '10 and Shirley Akrasih '12

Student Relations Committee: 
Darren Morgan '10 

Scholarship/Fundraising Committee:
Charlie Shaw '01 and Kiara Boone '11

Advisory Board

Ashley Neff, Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Ernest Jeffries, Assistant Dean of Students

Letter from the Board

Dear DBAN family,

"We do not choose our cultures, we belong to them," said African-French poet Aimé Cesare. Although we all chose Davidson, we did not choose the culture to which we belong as a result of that choice. The Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN), however, is how we claim it and shape it.

DBAN Co-Chairs and Dean Jeffries

Welcome to the new DBAN. If you are a new member, we welcome your enthusiasm and hope you will jump in and help us make the organization as great as it can be. If you are a former member, we hope you will consider re-committing and helping us take DBAN to new heights.

Thanks so much to Tiara Henderson for her many years as president of DBAN. She is taking a well-deserved break, but she is going to stay engaged.

This year is a resuscitative one. You have selected a new Executive Committee, under a new chairperson leadership structure with a built-in succession strategy. The Executive Committee has selected membership, programs and events, student relations, and scholarship and fundraising committee chairs. And together, we are already working to build the framework for an alumni organization that you can be proud of and excited about.

But the critical element is you. Help us shape a culture that you and all those who have come before and will come after can be proud to be a part of. We're clearing the path. Won't you join us on the journey?


Derrick Thompson '07, DBAN Co-Chair
Gerard Dash '12, DBAN Vice-Chair
Keneyá Edwards '12, Vice-Chair

Upcoming Events

Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30

BSC and DBAN Weekend

Register today! The Black Student Coalition (BSC) invites the Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN) to campus for a weekend of fellowship, networking and fun.

Return to campus to attend a Davidson basketball game as the Wildcats take on VCU at Belk Arena, share your experience with current students, and go "back to school" while learning about Davidson's new Africana Studies program. A reception at President Quillen's house, a performance by fellow alumna Timisha Barnes-Jones '92, and the BSC Fashion Show will cap off the weekend.


The Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN) was formed in 1988 to enrich the communication and involvement of Black alumni with current students and the College. Much of DBAN's work is focused on enhancing the quality of life of African American students at Davidson.

DBAN annually honors African American students in good academic standing who have demonstrated distinguished service to the community in the form of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award.

Email us for information on the DBAN award, to make a gift, or to get involved with the student interview process.

2014 DBAN Award Recipients

Melissa Hayban Melissa Hayban '17 is a first generation Trinidadian American student from Trenton, New Jersey. She is a Bonner Scholar and Social Chair of the Black Student Coalition (BSC). She aspires to start a Caribbean student organization on campus that informs students about other groups apart from the African Diaspora. She is considering a neuroscience major through the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies and hopes to research women's health issues in the future.
Nathaniel Walcott Nathaniel Walcott '16 is President of the Virtuous Praise gospel choir and a campus tour guide who plans to pursue a career as a physician. He says, "Tour guiding gives me the opportunity to be a positive reference point for black students who might see Davidson as a potential college home and relay to them indirectly that they can be successful, especially here." He also hopes to be a role model for black youth considering a career in medicine.
Joyelle Newton Joyelle Newton '15 is a chemistry major from Columbia, South Carolina. She serves as the 1st Vice President of the Upsilon Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc and a STRIDE peer coordinator. As a chemistry major, she is very involved as a tutor and teaching assistant. She plans to pursue a career as an acute care nurse practitioner. "Being a Wildcat of color not only gives me a unique opportunity to build a network of students of color, but also to be a vector through which I am able to help and hopefully inspire members of my community."

Congratulations as well to this year's additional scholarship finalists: Courtney McCullers '17, Rashaun Bennett '16, and VJ Brown '15.

Past Recipients

Amani Michelle Carter '16
Cidney Michelle Holiday '15
Cameron Rashawn Joe '14

Christi Regina Moore '15
Aminata Khadija Dumbuya '14
Kaneisha Lashay Gaston '13

Nyelle R. Barley '14
Vanessa Ann Williams '13
Jordan G. Starck '12

Adeyemi Saba Mchunguzi '13
Aria Symone' Halliday '12
Brianna Michelle Butler '11

Shirley Dakuaa Akrasih '12
Kiara Ree Boone '11
Darrell Lamont Scott '10