UCSD Alumni


Black Alumni Council


Network with Black Alumni, Students, Staff and Faculty

About Us:
UC San Diego’s Black Alumni Council is a cultural affinity group organized under UCSD Alumni, the university’s alumni association. Our mission is to positively and proactively represent UC San Diego’s black alumni and to foster a sense of community and connection amongst alumni and current students. We foster community through professional development and networking opportunities, philanthropy, and social gatherings.


Chair:     Ed Spriggs, ‘70
  Jerry ‘Rafiki’ Jenkins, ’92, M.A. 98, Ph.D. 02
Committee Chairs:

Alumni Engagement:
  Katasha Kalonji, ’11
Black Alumni Scholarship Fund
  Manuelita Brown, M.A. ‘76
Mentorship Program:
  Victor Brown, ’11

Fnann Keflezighi, ’11
BAC Alumni Mentoring Coordinator

Jan Fisher, '76


Get Involved!
We're always looking for new volunteers to participate in council activities. If you would like to attend a meeting or learn more please contact us; we would love to hear from you!

Contact Us
Black Alumni Council | UCSD Alumni
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0083

Staff Liaison:

Zarah A. Idos
Alumni Board Operations Specialist
(858) 822.5345 | zidos@ucsd.edu

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Annual Events

February: Black History Month
UC San Diego celebrates Black History Month every February with speakers, exhibits, performances, films, workshops and concerts. Learn more at blackhistorymonth.ucsd.edu.

June: Black Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Celebrate and welcome the newest graduates to our alumni community during this annual rite of passage.

Scholarship and Diversity

The Black Alumni Council is committed to increasing the diversity through higher enrollments of black students at UC San Diego. To achieve this goal, larger scholarships will need to be offered to a greater number of admitted, but not-yet-committed, applicants. We have established the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund to address this.

Alumni and friends interested in supporting this diversity initiative are welcomed to make a gift to The San Diego Foundation for the UCSD Black Alumni Scholarship Fund. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made in the form of cash, credit card, appreciated stock and/or real estate.

Giving by Check

Checks should be payable to The San Diego Foundation and on the memo line the words UCSD BASF-Science, UCSD BASF-Humanities, or BAS Development Fund should be written. Please send your gifts to:

UCSD Black Alumni Scholarship Fund
c/o The San Diego Foundation
Attention: Danielle Valenciano
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106

More Giving Options

For more information about utilizing alternative forms of giving, and about contributing to the BASF endowment or to scholarships for the next incoming class, please contact:

John Duca, Director of Development for Diversity Initiatives
(858) 534-8305 | jduca@ucsd.edu

Tamika Franklin, Director of Alumni Affairs
(858) 246-0327 | twfranklin@ucsd.edu