it all started with a question…
It all started with a question posed on Facebook on April 14, 2016. The question posed was specifically driven towards the current status of fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council on UNF’s campus and trying to determine a way to reinvigorate interest for those organizations. From there, the conversation splintered into multiple conversations and through those conversations other groups were made until it was concluded that the decline in the interest of the NPHC was directly connected to a lack of recognition of minority based organizations on UNF’s campus as a whole. On April 16, 2016 the group of alumni would formally organize themselves in what would eventually become the UNF Black Alumni Association.
Simply put, the minority alumni from UNF have not made it our business through financial contributions and through direct personal involvement to engage the current campus minority population in determining their needs and ensuring that those needs are being met. Moreover, we have not effectively addressed our personal concerns as alumni to the alumni association and the university leadership to ensure that minority alumni are recognized and showcased for their past contributions to the university and to provide recognition for the positive works they are now doing in society.
So, our solution? Establish a weekend of socializing and networking between minority alumni, specifically the African American alumni, and the minority population of the student body in an effort to address all the aforementioned concerns. This is what created the UNF Black Alumni Weekend. Since that Facebook post in 2016, the UNF Black Alumni Weekend has grown at an astounding rate. Evolving into a committee of numerous members, sub committees and a collection of events, the UNF Black Alumni Weekend has become more than just a weekend.
And it was with that very clear reality and sense of personal accountability to the 1100 black and brown alumni that we now represent that the weekend has now become an association. On May 4, 2018 the UNF Black Alumni Weekend became an event that is now organized by the Black Alumni Association. With the first Black Alumni General Body meeting taking place in the fall of 2018.
With the 2019 Black Alumni Weekend setting new and even more astounding attendance records, the BAA is now beginning to install numerous community service programs on the calendar for the rest of 2019 and into 2020, but none of this would be possible with the support of the UNF Alumni Association and their director Jennifer Perkins, who has stood as one of the BAAs biggest advocates. With the remainder of 2019 and 2020 on the horizon we recognize there will be new challenges for the UNF Black Alumni Association and we'll face them all as we always have... together.