The Six Pillars of Impact guide the Summit as a national collective, and this framework also supports the service areas of black alumni associations & groups.
Throughout 2019, the Summit is focusing significantly on Pillar #3: Support Philanthropy, which was the theme of our 2019 Conference, which was hosted by Georgia Tech Black Alumni Organization (G.T.B.A.0.) in Atlanta, GA.
As we gear up for the Twenty20 Conference, which will be hosted by FSU Black Alumni, we will increase our focus on Pillar #5: Promote Civic Leadership, which will be the 2020 conference theme.
Equity, inclusion, and access in higher education is more important in 2019 than ever before. As a national body, the Summit celebrates and enhances activism across campuses to create equitable opportunities for black students. Equally as important, the Summit serves as a pillar of empowerment and justice for all members. Lastly, the Summit articulates the narrative of why black alumni associations were first created and it tells the evolving story of the roles they fulfill today.
The university experience is a Different World in so many ways! The Summit serves as a network that enables alumni to inform student recruitment strategies, provide mentorship to students, and support the student experience across multiple universities.
The cost to provide post-secondary education increases significantly for individual universities, and transformational funding for scholarships, capital projects, and programs is critical for student recruitment and enrollment. Fundraising is a key component of black alumni associations, and the Summit provides a platform for shared learning and tools in resource development.
This wide collaboration fosters connections to other universities, enabling stronger volunteerism. With the incredible network that the Summit offers, we engage alumni around the country (and world!) in community service initiatives and volunteer efforts.
Creating leadership pipelines for black alumni, students, and leaders is critical to the work of the Summit. By convening around issues that are important to us, we are able to promote leadership professionally, socially, politically, and economically.
The Summit creates outreach and engagement opportunities like never before. These fellowship opportunities convene alumni from across generations and help us celebrate our connection to our universities and, more importantly, to each other.