African American Alumni Council

The African American Alumni Council promotes core values of excellence, relationships, learning, diversity, traditions, and advocacy through its ongoing engagement of African American alumni. Our mission is to support the community of alumni of African descent, to strengthen their connection to the University of Pittsburgh, and to promote the recruitment and retention of African American students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

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African-American Alumni Council

A Message From the President

Please click here for a message about the 2017-2019 AAAC Program year from AAAC President Vaughn Clagette.

To listen to a message from the President, please click here.

Support the AAAC Endowed Scholarship Fund

The AAAC is dedicated to strengthening the connection of African American alumni to the University and to aiding in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Part of that commitment includes supporting scholarship funds that provide financial assistance to students from diverse backgrounds.

If you haven’t already, we hope you will consider making a gift of any size to the AAAC scholarship fund. Your generosity can help provide essential funding to attract, support, and retain talented, diverse, and highly qualified students to the University of Pittsburgh.

For those of you who have already made a gift, we thank you!

“I’d like to make a gift!”


Calling OUT the classes of the 2's and 7's from 1902 to 2017!

Register for the AAAC Homecoming events, purchase AAAC exclusive gear, and purchase Homecoming packages at

The Pitt AAAC Blue, Black, and Gold Sankofa Homecoming 2017 Registration Package includes; a hoodie, ticketed entry to the Throw Back Party on Saturday, October 14, and ticketed entry to brunch on Sunday, October 15, at a SAVINGS of $15! The registration package is only available until September 15, so hurry and get yours today.


Friday, October 13, 3 – 7 P.M.

William Pitt Union Cross Cultural Floor - Room 615

Purchased a Registration Package in advance? Pre-ordered exclusive PITT AAAC Gear? Still want to sign up for AAAC Homecoming events? Stop by the AAAC registration table to pick up your purchases or to check in for the weekend of events.

Homecoming Hotel Accommodations


(Across from PNC Park)


Rooms have been blocked off for AAAC at a rate of $149 per night. The deadline to book a room at this price is October 5. Follow this link to reserve your room.


Friday, OCTOBER 13, 2017

Annual Appleseed Community Service Project

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Public Schools (TBD)

Volunteer with us to plant the seeds of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish their minds and open a new world of possibilities. Please register in advance to allow coordinating and planning with local schools. 

Project Management Information Session

2 – 3:30 p.m.

102 Benedum Hall

The expected growth in infrastructure projects will create a high demand for project managers. Join us for a panel discussion on the subject of project management, featuring Pitt alumni and experienced project managers Floyd Trotman, of CertifiNOW LLC., John Gonzalez, of Southern Company Generation, and Rachel Lavelle-Riley, of Westinghouse Electric.

The panel will open with a presentation by Tony Fountain, retired Senior Vice President with URS Corporation and Pitt alumnus, who will discuss the importance of project management and how employees with engineering backgrounds can accelerate their careers by expanding their knowledge base in this area.

This session is hosted by Pitt EXCEL in conjunction with the Pitt African American Alumni Council.

Interested participants should register using the link below by Monday, October 9.

It's Never Too Early to Plan: A Wealth Management Panel Discussion

4 – 5:30 p.m.

William Pitt Union Cross Cultural Floor, Room 630

Hosted by AAAC and PBAN (Pitt Black MBA Network), this interactive panel discussion will provide an engaging conversation about financial planning for students and young alumni alike. Advice and counsel from industry experts will address topics such as student loans, buying that first home, ballin' on a budget, and more. After all, it's never too early to start planning. 

National Society of Black Engineers Student/Alumni Mixer

5 – 8 p.m.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Hall of Valor
4141 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

The Pitt chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and the Pitt EXCEL Program invite engineering alumni to join us for our annual student/alumni mixer. Come out to interact with us, network, and ultimately help us carry out our mission of increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community!

Follow the link below to register for this event by Friday, October 6.

Your Network is Your Net Worth

5:30 – 7 p.m.

William Pitt Union Cross Cultural Floor

Join alumni and students in this networking event to create, build, and solidify relationships while exchanging Pitt life experiences. Pitt Panthers from various schools, organizations, majors, and professional backgrounds are welcome. Hosted by AAAC in partnership with BAS, AOS, NSBE, and black Greek life.

Throwback Party

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Room 16 NightClub
150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Hosted by the Omicron Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. For details, e-mail Ron Coursey at



8 – 10 a.m. Tentative based on game kickoff

Alumni Hall, Alumni Office Board Room

Mandatory for all board members. Student leadership is encouraged to attend.

Homecoming Game: Pitt Panthers vs NC State Wolfpack


Heinz Field

For ticket information, contact the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-PITT (7488) or Office Hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Homecoming Game Tailgate

10 a.m. - Until game time

Heinz Field, Gold Lot 4

Hosted by the Omicron Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Bridges Restaurant, Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Please join us for fun, music, spades, and friend-making as we host our Friendraiser & Spades Tournament. Hosted by Pitt alum and Orange Arrow Founder, Shawn Robinson.

For information and to get tickets, visit:

Bring Back the Noise
Throwback Party with DJ BLAKK Steel

8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
$25 (includes open bar)

With line dancing until 10 p.m., get ready to rock the dance floor with the award-winning 410 Line Dancers Instructor—Pitt’s own Isha Hutchinson. 


AAAC Brunch

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

University Club

End your weekend by having brunch with the AAAC. Special guests Jack Daniel and Shawndya Simpson will be providing words of wisdom as we finish out Homecoming 2017.

Pitt AAAC Gear


This Homecoming, we are offering an exclusive Pitt AAAC hoodie for purchase in your choice of blue, grey or black. Sizes S to 2XL are available. An additional charge of $7.95 will be added to your total if shipping is required. All orders being picked up at Homecoming must be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance.

Visit to place your order.

For any questions, reach out to us at

Past Events

Pitt AAAC Parent/Freshmen Dialogue and Reception (August 22)

(All incoming African American freshmen, family, and friends are invited.) Family involvement is vital to a student’s success in college, especially during this important transition. AAAC members, University staff, and student leaders will meet with freshmen students, parents, and family members to discuss important issues related to succeeding at Pitt. We look forward to welcoming you to the University and working with our new students over the next four years. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
5 - 7 p.m.
William Pitt Union – Room 548
University of Pittsburgh
Contact: Valerie Njie

Pitt Send-Offs

The Send-Off events are annual gatherings held around the country—hosted by Pitt Clubs and Alumni Councils—for incoming freshmen from major metropolitan areas. This year’s AAAC Affiliates had special events specifically geared for African American students and parents in the following locations:

Pitt AAAC DC Metro Affiliate

Sunday, July 31, 2017
City Vista Club Room
440 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20005
Contact: Linda Wharton Boyd

Pitt AAAC Harrisburg Affiliate and Keystone Pitt Club

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Federal Taphouse
Second Floor Banquet Room
201 North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Contact: Valerie Ketchen

Pitt AAAC Atlanta Metro Affiliate and Atlanta Pitt Club

Sunday, August 13, 2017
The Home of Pitt Alumni - The Cleveland’s
Atlanta, GA 30309
Contact: Rhonda Gainous-Williams

Pitt AAAC Philly Metro Affiliate and Philadelphia Pitt Club

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club
14 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Contact: Tracy Floyd

Thanks to everyone who attended our Distinguished Alumni Reception. A gallery of photos from the event can be found below.

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Thank you for participating in the AAAC FY 2017 - 2019 Elections.

The votes have been counted and the results are in.

The AAAC Officers-Elect are as follows: 

President - Dr. Vaughn Clagette

1st Vice President (Program) - Helen Bowers

2nd Vice President (Finance) - Robert Allen Young

Secretary - Christina Royster

Treasurer - Alyssa P. Lyon

Historian - Latara Jones

Chaplain - Lynette Clark


Board of Directors

Byron T. Allen

John A. Cheatwood III

James Gleaton

Olivia Green

Donald Hatter

Isha Hutchinson

Christine L. McClure

Tracy Glenn Floyd - Reappointed

Jared McClain - Reappointed

Nicole E. Walker - Reappointed