UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
The Black Alumni Network is an inclusive leadership organization that seeks to empower, connect, and celebrate the University of Rochester Black Community. This group encourages communication and cooperation between alumni, students, friends, faculty, and staff who are committed to the advancement of people of the African diaspora. The Black Alumni Network fosters a network for personal and professional connection and provides a sense of community and family for alumni of color.
For Us, By Us: A Celebration of Us
This June, join the Black Alumni Network to honor the excellence, diversity, and unity of the peoples of the African diaspora. As we stand unified in our pursuit of freedom and inclusion, come celebrate the tenacity, ingenuity, and distinction of Black people in America and around the world.
This August, the University of Rochester’s Black Alumni Network presents the “Why I Give” series in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month. This series will honor and showcase Black alumni philanthropists and the inspiring stories behind why they give.
Dr. Gina Cuyler ’92M (MD), ’95M (Res)
Mario Simpson ’99
Ashley Campbell ’09, ’10 (MS)
Gina Cuyler ’92M (MD), ’95M (Res)
We build a sense of community and belonging as extended family members of the African diaspora. With your support, we can:
We invite you to take an even more active role in our community. Together, we can do more, change more, and inspire more. With your support, we can channel our collective philanthropic resources to advocate for the causes that matter to us the most, from student support to career and leadership development to innovation across academic disciplines and beyond.
In celebration of the Black Alumni Network’s first anniversary, a distinguished panel of Black members of the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees hosted this special event to share their career paths, their commitment to serving the University, and their perspectives on efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and in their professional work.
These videos exemplify the values of the volunteer-led Black Alumni Network. The Network unites the University of Rochester’s Black community through engaging and empowering programming and conversations.
You can help us build the Black Alumni Network. As one of our founding members, there are many ways for you to be a part of this effort. To join and volunteer for the Black Alumni Network, please tell us about yourself.
Through new events and activities, such as networking with students, celebrating at Meliora Weekend, and conversations around Juneteenth, the Black Alumni Network has grown its membership, involvement, and awareness.
For more information on the Black Alumni Network and additional identity-based programs and events, contact Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison, director of affinity networks and equity, diversity and inclusion programs at email@example.com.
Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison ’10W (MS), ’17W (EdD) joined the Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement team in October 2021 as the Director of Affinity Networks and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Programs. Ghislaine brings 20 years of University of Rochester program management expertise, extensive knowledge, and advocacy work in creating equity, diversity, and inclusion programs featuring notable scholars, along with her experience as a Staff Equity Officers Foundational (SEOF) appointee, a co-founder of the Women of Color Circle, and member of the Black Alumni Network and the Women’s Affinity Network. Ghislaine is trilingual (French & Italian) and as a former adjunct French professor with the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures at the University, she has shared her work on cultural competencies with the University community both formally and informally. When Ghislaine is not working she enjoys serving the community through her volunteer work with Garth Fagan Dance Company and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She values interactions and believes that networking is an important part of building strong relationships.