Black Alumni Summit Recap

Georgetown held the first-ever Black Alumni Summit October 23-25. More than 230 alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered together to celebrate the Black alumni community and reconnect with one another and the university. The weekend of events was hosted by a committee of alumni along with the Office of Advancement.

The weekend kicked off with remarks from President John J. DeGioia, followed by a discussion between the president and D.C. Public Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson (F’92, EML’07), along with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) (SFS ’88) as they discussed the Black alumni experience at Georgetown and how it shaped their respective careers.

Throughout the weekend, expert alumni speakers, panelists and faculty members discussed ways for alumni to get more involved with the university, with one another and with current and prospective students. They covered the influence of Black alumni in the areas of education, leadership, sports, entertainment and media, and spoke with current students on their experiences on the Hilltop.

A networking session allowed both alumni and students to connect with others in their respective fields and share information on the areas that interested them most, while the Backyard BBQ and closing dinner allowed alumni to socialize and engage with Hoya friends old and new.

Planning committee co-chairs Tammee Thompson (C'91) and Eric Woods (B'91) were pleased that the weekend came together so well after two years of planning.

“I’m very happy that people who came left in anticipation of seeing each other again and coming back to the school,” Woods told The Hoya. “Our thought, as a committee and as the co-chair … is that this is something that people want to see happen again.”

Revisit some of the weekend’s best moments by viewing the photo gallery on the Black Alumni Summit website. Also, attendees are encouraged to complete the Black Alumni Summit Attendee Survey and share feedback on the events and how they would like to further engage with the Georgetown community.