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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A MESSAGE FROM VAUGHN CLAGETTE, AAAC NATIONAL PRESIDENT
President's Pen - Meet Me at the AAAC Sankofa Homecoming 2018
Dear Pitt alumni,
The AAAC, in partnership with the University, will host “Fifty Years: Pride, Progress, and Partnership," a yearlong celebration of our past, present, and future at Pitt. The celebration will begin with the 2018 Sankofa Homecoming weekend, when we will celebrate the founding of the Black Action Society (BAS) in 1968, as well as the IMPACT Engineering Program (Now EXCEL); the former University Community Education Project (UCEP); Project A; and other programs that proved vital in advancing progress over the past 50 years for African Americans on campus and beyond. Read the full letter here.
Vaughn Clagette, PhD (A&S ’89, MED ’93)
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!
National Officers (2017-2019)
President - Dr. Vaughn Clagette
1st Vice President (Program) - Helen Bowers
2nd Vice President (Finance) - Vacant
Secretary - Christina Royster
Treasurer - Alyssa P. Lyon
Historian - Latara Jones
Chaplain - Lynette Clark
National Board of Directors
Byron T. Allen
John A. Cheatwood III
Christine L. McClure
Tracy Glenn Floyd - Reappointed
Jared McClain - Reappointed
Nicole E. Walker - Reappointed
AAAC DC Metro Affiliate Day Party
Thanks to everyone who attended the AAAC DC Metro Affiliate Day Party on Saturday, April 7 at the Ivy City Smokehouse in Washington, D.C. Alumni from the classes of 1968 through 2007 were represented at the event, including a mother and two daughters who showcased Pitt as a family affair.
Attendees wore Pitt gear, networked, and enjoyed scrumptious food, giveaways, and swag bags. Those in attendance also supported Pitt students by generously contributing to the AAAC Endowed Scholarship Fund. (Learn more about affinity council scholarships by following this link.)
Also, we are looking forward to our upcoming Jazz in White scholarship fundraising event, which will be held the first week of August. We encourage you to come out and support this wonderful cause—details will be available soon.
Finally, I want to share a special thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible. Please take a moment to enjoy the photos in the photo gallery below.
Hail to Pitt!
Letty W. Maxwell, PhD (SOC WK ’93, EDUC ’95G)
PITT OAFA AND THE AAAC PARTNER HOST ATLANTA AREA RECRUITMENT EVENT
On Sunday, March 25, Pitt’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid (OAFA), in collaboration with the Pitt African American Alumni Council, held an information and recruitment event in Atlanta, Georgia, for prospective students from underrepresented communities living in the Atlanta metro region. Representing OAFA was Vice Provost for Admissions Marc Harding and Director of Undergraduate Admissions Lauren Wallace. Representing the AAAC was Dr. Vaughn Clagette, National President, and local leaders of the AAAC Atlanta Affiliate, Alfonso Washington Jr., Dexter Edmonds, and Michael Boykins along with a number of local Pitt Alumni and AAAC members.
The focus of the event was to highlight the value of an education from the University of Pittsburgh... READ MORE
Photo gallery from the March 25 recruitment event in Atlanta.
Holiday Community Service Project and MLK, Jr. Day of Service
Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers from the Pitt AAAC DC Metro Affiliate of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV), who participated in several community outreach projects over a variety of dates from December 16, 2017 through January 15, 2018—Martin Luther King Day of Service. A gallery of photos from the events can be found below.
Blue, Black, and Gold: Homecoming 2017 Wrap-Up
Thank you to all alumni who joined us during the 2017 Homecoming celebrations and made this year an amazing success. Members of the African-American Alumni Council (AAAC) spent months planning exciting and engaging events that surpassed expectations in terms of attendance and enthusiasm. Beyond the football game and pregame tailgate, check out some of the ways alumni enjoyed themselves during the 2017 Homecoming weekend below.
We look forward to seeing even more of you active and engaged alumni at next year’s Homecoming festivities!
ANNUAL APPLESEED COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
To kick off the weekend, alumni joined together Friday morning, October 13, to support Pittsburgh Public Schools with the AAAC’s Annual Appleseed Community Service Project, which gives back to the community by planting “seeds” of hope and inspiration in the lives of students to nourish their minds and open new worlds of possibility. Volunteers participated on the elementary and high school levels, assisting in a variety of capacities including reading to students, helping with art and music classes, leading mock interviews, and leading panel discussions and motivational presentations.
YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR NET WORTH NETWORKING EVENT
Hosted by AAAC along with the Black Action Society, National Society of Black Engineers, AOS, and black Greek life, alumni and students connected Friday evening during the Your Network is Your Net Worth Networking Event. Participants mingled on the Cross Cultural floor of the William Pitt Union to create meaningful and impactful relationships across various schools, organizations, majors, and professional backgrounds.
On Friday and Saturday night, alumni kicked their celebrations up a notch with fun-filled throwback parties. Hosted by the Omicron Psi chapter of Omega Psi Phi, alumni gathered at the Room 16 Night Club in the Strip District Friday evening for a night of drinks and dancing. On Saturday, alumni enjoyed the Bring Back the Noise Throwback Party featuring Pittsburgh DJ Blakk Steel and line dancing instruction by Pitt’s own award-winning 410 Line Dancers Instructor, Isha Hutchinson.
AAAC BRUNCH: THE TIES THAT BIND
After a weekend of excitement, alumni enjoyed a relaxing brunch in the beautiful University Club and learned more about the inception and impact of the AAAC, led by keynote speaker Jack Daniel, former vice provost for undergraduate studies and dean of students. During the meal, Hon. Shawndya L. Simpson, the first Panamanian-American judge on the New York State Supreme Court, was introduced as a new member of the Pitt Board of Trustees
Distinguished Alumni Reception
Thanks to everyone who attended our Distinguished Alumni Reception. A gallery of photos from the event can be found below.