Founded in 1982, the Williams Black Alumni Network (WBAN) exists to enhance the engagement of Black graduates with the college. Working in conjunction with the Williams College Society of Alumni, WBAN offers opportunities for Black alumni to connect with Black undergraduates, each other and the wider Eph community. WBAN’s founding principles are designed to strengthen institutional goals of inclusion for the betterment of Williams College for its present and future constituents.
President: Brian Thomas '12
Vice-President: Ifiok Inyang '11
Senior Advisor: Paula Moore Tabor '76
Director of Finance: Raneia Ramadan '12
Senior Director of Media: Gabrielle Woodson '09
Junior Director of Media: Jason Hernandez '13
CA Regional President: Rita Forte '03
DC Regional President: Adrena Ifill '91
IL Regional President: Janay Jackson '10
MA Regional President: Eain Williams '01
NY Regional President: Christopher Sewell '05
WBAAD (Williams Black Alumni Advancement and Development committee) exists to support WBAN in its primary goal of enhancing the engagement of Black graduates with the college. Recognizing the need for leadership and voice in all aspects of the relationship to Williams, the committee's goals are to cultivate, expand and strengthen philanthropic commitment as it pertains to diversity, inclusion and access for current students and alumni.
As part of Teach It Forward, the college’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, we are launching Teach It Forward: WBAN Challenge, seeking to inspire Black alumni to take up Williams as our cause as we honor the legacy of Williams’ first Black graduate, Gaius Charles Bolin, Class of 1889, and advance the college’s efforts to transform the academy.
Williams’ Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships are designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching.
In this campaign, over the next three years, we endeavor to engage the approximately 1,600 alumni who make up the Williams Black Alumni Network to give:
750 gifts of any size totaling $500,000 in support of the Bolin Fellowship Program
Learn more: https://giving.williams.edu/wban/
A Seat At The Table: Giving To Williams
Black Ephs contribute to Williams in many ways; most importantly, we have the highest rate of volunteerism among alumni.
Michele Johnson Rogers '79 P'04 will host a conversation with Mary Moule '91 and Ken Alleyne '88, co-chairs of the Williams Black Alumni Advancement and Development Committee (WBAAD). This sub-committee of WBAN exists to support the network in its work to enhance the engagement of Black Ephs by strengthening our philanthropic commitment to the college. As Williams continues its work to improve the experiences of Black students, this committee partners with the college to think about how we can contribute to the resourcing of these efforts.
Longtime volunteers and donors to the college, Michele, Mary and Ken will talk about what inspired them to get involved, why it's important for Black alumni to have a seat at the table and take your questions.
If you miss our call you can call in using 877-251-0785 or stream the call online at http://tinyurl.com/hkolrce.
Williams alumni, parents, and friends are invited to attend the DC Launch of WBAN: Teach It Forward with Prof. Rhon Manigault-Bryant co-hosted by Nadra Franklin '86, Marcus Christian '91 P'16, Valda Clark Christian '92 P'16, and Ifiok Inyang '11.
Join us for an afternoon of fun, games, fellowship and laughter with alumni from Amherst, Wesleyan and Williams. Come catch up with old classmates, make new connections and welcome the Class of 2017 to our ranks!
This is a college picnic, so don't forget to bring blankets and to wear school colors!