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Black Alumni Association

Our Mission Purpose

​The purpose of the UCLA Black Alumni Association (UBAA) is to empower UCLA African American alumni, students, faculty and the community at-large to form powerful associations through advocacy and mobilization that will create greater educational opportunities and resources for the African American community collectively. 

Providing scholarships, advocacy, support and networking opportunities have been just a few of the ways this organization has and continues to support the University and its mission of having the best and brightest students walk the halls of UCLA.

Our Vision

Achieve and maintain social, economic, political & educational equality by providing a vehicle to harness and channel the power of African American Alumni and the community at large.

Our goals include:

  • Maintaining key University Relationships as they relate to the UCLA experience for African American Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff.
  • Being a vehicle for professional and social networking among African American alumni.
  • Providing resources, financial and otherwise to current and potential African American students at UCLA.
  • Being a cultural connection to African Americans in the community and UCLA.

Our History

As the only ethnic Alumni Association at UCLA with its own 501(c)3 status, UBAA’s roots trace back to former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and the efforts that he and others such as Larry Hollifield, Herschel Ramsey and Winston Doby, initiated to organize alumni of color. 

From the first fundraising dinners, Black Alumni Reunions and counseling programs to the official incorporation of the organization, a number of people played key roles in getting UBAA where it is today. To them we pay homage and esteem to continue to grow their vision and pass on an ever vibrant legacy of commitment and service.

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Read the Letter from the UBAA President